Yearly Archives: 2009

BBC camera crew films smalleye stingray for the first time

A BBC camera crew have managed to film a smalleye stringray, which is largest of the 70 known species of stingray, growing up to a 2 metre wingspan. The stingray was discovered in 1908 and has only ever been seen … Continue reading

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SCDC Trailwalker Team

Divers used to be a fairly sedentary bunch. Heavy exercise meant carrying 2 pints of bitter and a meat pie from the bar to a table and was only to be attempted if you couldn’t find a waiter to carry … Continue reading

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Pulau Aur rebreather death

Marcus Lim, a doctor in Singapore and a well-known underwater photographer died on a rebreather dive on the Seven Skies wreck at Pulau Aur in Malaysia. Some more information here and here.

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Video of Weedy Seadragon

The BBC have got a crew filming a natural history series called “Life”. As part of their work they have filmed the courtship rituals of the weedy sea dragon, as well as the male giving birth 2 months later. It’s … Continue reading

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Superswarms of krill

Dense superswarms of krill form in the Southern Ocean and some can stretch for tens of kilometres. Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans such as the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Scientists have discovered that there are two main types of swarms. The … Continue reading

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Underwater cabinet meeting goes ahead

President Mohamed Nasheed (pictured) of the Maldives and 11 of his ministers held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting. They were all in diving gear at a depth of 4 metres. It was a PR stunt to raise awareness of … Continue reading

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Recall for some Halcyon over pressure valves

Halcyon is recalling certain Eclipse, Evolve, Explorer, Pioneer and CCR35 buoyancy compensator’s (BCDs) manufactured between January, 2006 and September, 2008. In addition, selected Halcyon inflatable devices (Lift Bags, SMBs, DAMs, Surf Shuttles and Diver Lift rafts) may also be affected. … Continue reading

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Previously unseen Mary Rose relics shown

Some of the relics from Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, are being shown for the first time. The warship sank in 1545 in the Solent and was raised in 1982. It is now in a drydock in Portsmouth’s historic … Continue reading

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Diversitas claims world won’t meet biodiversity targets

Scientists from Diversitas, an international programme of biodiversity science, have warned of an alarming increase of animal extinctions as a result of threats to biodiversity and ecosystems. In a blog they seem particularly concerned about freshwater species. At the 6th … Continue reading

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Maldives government underwater

In an attempt to highlight the threat of climate change, the government of the Maldives will hold a cabinet meeting underwater. On 17th October, all the cabinet ministers bar one (who has a health problem that precludes diving) will hold … Continue reading

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RGS lecture – Picturing the Science

On Thursday evening the Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong are presenting a lecture by Dr. Gavin Schmidt on NASA’s research into the nature of global warming and consequent climate change. The lecture is apparently going to combine scientific analysis … Continue reading

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Lantau Trail stages 1 and 2

It was a nice day on Saturday, and starting to cool down slightly from the summer highs, so Rita and I headed over to Mui Wo at around midday to hike stages 1 and 2 of the Lantau Trail. Stage … Continue reading

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