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.

Effects of Increased Acidity on Coral

Further evidence that increased acidity of sea water could be bad news for the world’s coral reefs. In Papua New Guinea carbon dioxide is bubbling into the water on the slopes of a dormant volcano. This is making the water … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental | Tagged , | Leave a comment

BBC’s Top Ten New Species

The BBC have a photographic feature on the top ten species discovered in 2010 as by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. It includes the bizarre-looking Pancake Batfish. You can see these on the BBC’s website.

Posted in Wildlife | Tagged | Leave a comment

TED Video by Richard Pyle from 2004

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and its website has over 900 “TEDTalks” available online for free, from a wide variety of presenters. Richard Pyle is a self-proclaimed fish-nerd. He … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Environmental | Tagged | Leave a comment

Trawling Banned in Hong Kong Waters

At long last the Hong Kong Government has banned trawling in Hong Kong waters. The hope is that this will save fish stocks, and also that it will give soft corals and other bottom-dwelling creatures the chance to recover as … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Diving the Great Wall Video

Before I left Hong Kong a number of us from South China Diving Club toyed with the idea of going up to Beijing and diving the Great Wall with Steven Schwankert of SinoScuba. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Diver Dies of Heart Attack at Poor Knights

An American has sadly died over the weekend while diving at the Poor Knights. He was apparently 55 years old and an experienced diver who had been taking underwater photographs. As he was swimming back to the boat crew members … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Incidents | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

17th Century Wreck in Dorset

Lying in around 7-9 metres of water on a sand and shingle seabed on the edge of Hook Sands in Dorset, is the Swash Channel wreck. This is believed to be an early 17th Century armed merchant ship, which has … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Tech Divers Cave Expedition

Last year Paul Neilsen from Extreme Technical Diving was coordinator  on a cave diving expedition to the Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave. Hinatuan is a town on the east coast of Mindanao in the Philippines. The Enchanted River may have … Continue reading

Posted in Diving | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hong Kong – Mandarin Divers’ Quarry Bay Store

For many years Mandarin Divers were located in Wong Chuk Hang, conveniently round the corner from where South China Diving Club used to meet every Thursday evening. Unfortunately they closed that outlet last year. But now they’re back, although this … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Gear | Tagged | Leave a comment

Underneath the Arches – The Poor Knights, May 2011

To celebrate Rita getting a job and me becoming a kept man, last weekend we decided to go diving. Despite a less than impressive weather forecast, Friday afternoon saw us heading north from Auckland to Tutukaka. Not long after setting … Continue reading

Posted in Diving | Tagged | Leave a comment

BSAC Incident Report for 2010 Available Online

BSAC’s Incident Report for 2010 is now available online. It contains details of incidents in the UK, or involving BSAC members overseas, and was presented at their Diving Conference in mid-February. 364 UK incidents were reported, which is inline with … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Incidents | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Truk. Dive 17 – Kansho Maru

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Kansho is one of my favourite dives, but on our previous dive, we didn’t have enough time to explore the cavernous engine room properly. So we had a word with the dive … Continue reading

Posted in Diving, Historic, Wrecks | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment