Author Archives: Neil Hambleton

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.

Video of Thresher Sharks Slapping Prey

Science’s website has a short video clip showing a Thresher Shark using its long tail to slap at a school of small fish. There are 4 phases: preparation, strike, wind-down recovery and collection of the prey. It’s difficult to tell … Continue reading

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Rita Winning 2012 Photo of the Year for BSAC NZ

Slightly belatedly, congratulations to Rita for winning the 2012 Photo of the Year competition for the BSAC NZ club. Despite having had her Canon G11 and housing for 2 years, she’d never got around to taking it underwater, instead she’d … Continue reading

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Rainbow Warrior in Auckland

The new Rainbow Warrior is currently doing a tour of New Zealand. This weekend the she was in Auckland and people had chance for a free tour of the ship. I have to say that I was somewhat underwhelmed. Not by … Continue reading

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Cargo Ship Off Tauranga Likely to Break Up

The Rena,  a Liberian flagged container ship, hit Astrolabe Reef last Wednesday 5th October. Weather conditions were good, and the reef is a well charted feature. 11 of the containers apparently contain ferrosilicon which according to the BBC’s website is … Continue reading

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D-Day Wreck Found in Solent

On 7th June, Landing Craft LCT 427 was on the way back to Portsmouth after successfully delivering a cargo of tanks to Gold Beach as part of the D-Day landings. Unfortunately she never made it, as just 4 miles from … Continue reading

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Odyssey Marine Plan to Retrieve Silver from 1941 Wreck

Odyssey Marine Exploration have done a deal with the British Government to attempt to recover the cargo of a merchant ship that was torpedoed in 1941. The S.S. Gairsoppa of the British Indian Steam Navigation Company sailed from Calcutta in … Continue reading

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Photos from Takako Uno Featured on

While I was in Hong Kong, I was very fortunate to attend a number of slideshows and presentations by Stephen Wong and Takako Uno. They specialise in underwater images of a wide range of marine creatures. You can see some … Continue reading

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New Species of Dolphin Identified

Detailed DNA studies and analysis of skulls in museums have determined that some dolphins in South-eastern Australia belong to an unrecognised species. They are a type of bottlenose dolphin and have been classified as Tursiops australis, which are genetically different … Continue reading

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Cave Diver’s Body Unlikely to be Recovered for Several Days

The team of 3 British cave divers who are working with the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation and the Garda have moved Artur Kozlowski’s body almost halfway to the entrance. His body was found 800 metres into the cave system at … Continue reading

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Rugby World Cup Opens in Auckland

Last Friday, the Rugby World Cup 2011 finally started. And since the opening ceremony was in our new home town of Auckland, Rita and I went down to the Central Business District on Friday afternoon to get a feel for … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Green Power Hike Dates For 2012 Set

The 19th Green Power Hike will be held on Saturday 14th January 2012 on the Hong Kong Trail. There will be 3 routes to choose from – 50km (the whole Hong Kong Trail), 25km and 10km. More details will be … Continue reading

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Cave Diver Dies in Ireland

Polish cave diver, Artur Kozlowski, has apparently died while exploring the Kiltartan system near Gort in southern Galway. He failed to surface from a dive on Monday night and the alarm was raised at 9pm. His body was located at … Continue reading

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