SCUBA News 189,
26 February 2016
SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 189 - February 2016
Welcome to SCUBA News. Last month we had a complaint about the layout - so we've changed it a little in this issue. We wanted to keep it simple and easy-to-read though - so have stuck to one column. Does it work for you or have you improvements to suggest? Email [email protected].
The apex of the coral triangle, with around 36000 km of coastline, the Philippines has lots of options for diving and many, many dive shops - but which to choose?
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March is an excellent time to dive Zanzibar and Mafia Island - Tanzania's Spice Islands. Travel is cheaper and it's a good time to see see whales, sharks and turtles.
Albania is opposite the heel of Italy and north of Greece. It's a new area for diving, with plenty of places to be explored.
Diving with Dyslexia
Please could you tell me which teaching regime would be best for my 14yr old dyslexic daughter.
It's a good question and we don't have a definitive answer. It is probably more important to choose a sympathetic dive school rather than a particular teaching regime. Regarding the written tests, it should be possible to have the questions read out to her and to give oral answers if necessary. Good luck to your daughter - I hope she enjoys learning to dive.
Please contact [email protected] with your experiences of diving with dyslexia and we'll pass them onto Alex.
Europe boasts some world class dive sites, with great visibility and masses of underwater life. According to our readers, these are the ten best dive sites in Europe.
- Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
This shallow 18 m dive is a real beauty. One of the block ships scuttled to prevent submarine attack during WW2. Covered in life, worth the trip and the one of surprises of Scapa.
Photo credit: Joe Ryan
- The Zenobia, Cyprus
The wreck of a huge ferry. Lying on its port side, the wreck starts at about 15 m and descends to 42 m. Needs several dives to see anything like all of it.
Photo credit: Malcom Browne (CC BY-NC 2.0)
- Cirkewwa, Malta
Features the wreck of the Rozi MV as well as stunning underwater topography. Visibility is very good and there is a mass of sea life: barracuda, morays, octopus, cuttlefish and even dolphins.
Photo credit: Richard Kingfelt
- Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
An extraordinary dive in a narrow crack between the American and the European continental shelves, in astonishingly clear water. The clarity of the water gives the diver the feeling of flying above the bottom and on sunny days, when there are slight waves on the surface, the light breaks into a rainbow of colours.
Photo credit: David Ramsey
- Blue Hole, Gozo
A beautiful sharp drop off into the blue hole with what seems like limitless visibility and feels like you are on the very edge of the world.
Photo credit: Runeng
- Eddystone Reef, England
12 miles off Plymouth, England. The reef is from 8 to 60 m. Encrusted with jewel anemones and with the remains of ancient wrecks, including a large 17th century anchor. Stunning.
Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
- Chios island, Greece
Small undersea caves and paths between impressive rocks, colourful reefs and vertical walls.
Photo credit: Andrew Reay-Robinson
- Diamond Rocks, Kilkee, Ireland
Claimed to be on a par with the famous Yongala. It is a cold water dive off Ireland's west coast. The bay is fairly sheltered and is teaming with life. The terrain is full of rocks and gullies and the water is really clear.
Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
- Fortunal, Vis Island, Croatia
Wreck of a fishing boat which sunk in 1991. Lies at 45 - 55 m
Photo credit: Divebooker
- Fanore, Ireland
Shore dive in crystal clear Atlantic water with abundant fish. You might even see Dusty the Dolphin.
Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
Two surprising new findings are overturning everything we knew about parthenogenesis, suggesting virgin births could be far more common than we thought.
Black-tip, white-tip and grey reef sharks have a similar diet to large fish like groupers and snappers, but they don't eat each other. So rather than eating big fish, reef sharks are eating like big fish.
The rate at which predators capture fish doubles when boats are motoring nearby. But this means that just by banning motorboats from some areas fish there can recover.
Australia's world heritage-listed reef is threatened by warmer waters that have killed off coral in Fiji but the full impact depends on the weather.
An artist who has been using ceramics to call attention to ocean issues for years, unveiled an enormous installation - a larger-than-life tour through coral and its biggest enemies: rising sea levels, higher temperatures, and of course, humans.
Entire Georgia and and South Carolina coasts declared Right Whale haven
Study helps illuminate aspects of a yearly migration that spans thousands of kilometers in a region that's experiencing rapid change.
These deep-diving whales off the Galapagos have their own dialects, a sign that they have a culture.
Often thought of as solitary animals, octopuses have been observed changing colour and posture to prevent confrontations in crowded spots from escalating
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