SCUBA News 211
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 211 - December 2017

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What's new at SCUBA Travel?
Revealed: The Diving Bestsellers of 2017
Liveaboard Deals
Diving news from around the World

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What's New at SCUBA Travel?

gifts for scuba divers

Gifts for Divers

Stuck for ideas for presents for scuba diving friends? We've some ideas that might help
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The Bazaruto archipelago has been a protected area since 1971. Here you can find dugongs, dolphins, whales and turtles.

Incredible Diving in Mozambique

Find dugongs, dolphins, whales, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.
Learn Where…

Frog Fish - unspoilt diving in Timor-Leste

Opening-up - Diving Timor-Leste

Another for the more adventurous divers, Timor-Leste or East Timor has pristine coral, sharks, six of the world's seven marine turtle species and more than 2000 species of reef fish.
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Revealed: The Diving Bestsellers of 2017

We're pleased to release the list of the best selling SCUBA books and DVDs in 2017.

Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die keeps the top spot for another year, although it was run very close by the perennially popular Dive Atlas of the World. Four new entries prop up the list, including the interesting Deep.

A single DVD features - the fascinating Blue Planet II. (If you haven't seen it then watch it - even if you look at none of the other items in the list.)

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year's position.

Fifty places to dive

1. Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die: Diving Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
by Chris Santella
The fifth in Santella's bestselling "Fifty Places" series. (1)

Dive Atlas of the world

2. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
by Jack Jackson
300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites. (4)

Coral Reef Fishes

3. Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
This goes on all my tropical diving holidays. (3)

Coral Reef Guide Red Sea

4. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Another from Lieske and Myers, excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (7)

Diving the World

5. Scuba Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Becoming a Better Diver
by Simon Pridmore
Candid, no-nonsense practical advice from a professional who has been involved over the last three decades with virtually every aspect of the sport. (2)

Neutral Buoyancy : Adventures in a Liquid World

6. Neutral Buoyancy : Adventures in a Liquid World
by Tim Ecott
Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers.... (8)

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves

7. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
by James Nestor
Chronicles the world of deep-sea pioneers, underwater athletes, scientists, spear fishermen, billionaires and ordinary men and women who are poised on the brink of some amazing discoveries about the ocean. (-)

The Silent World

8. The Silent World
by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Frederic Dumas
50th anniversary of the scuba diving classic (-)

Learn all you need to know to photograph the amazing creatures and landscapes that lie beneath the surface.

9. Underwater photography masterclass
by Alex Mustard
Learn all you need to know to photograph the amazing creatures and landscapes that lie beneath the surface. (-)

Blue Planet II

10. Blue Planet II
The DVD of the fabulous Blue Planet II series with David Attenborough (-)

We've interviewed several of the authors featured in this list, including Jack Jackson and Tim Ecott. See also our diving book reviews.

Liveaboard Deals

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Dive Raja Ampat to Wayag Island

Pearl of Papua liveaboard

Valid for selected dates in March

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Diving News From Around the World

Our round up of the best underwater news stories of the past month. For breaking news see our Twitter page or RSS feed

Fiji Siren liveaboard

Fiji Siren Diving Liveaboard Sinks
Fji Siren liveaboard holed beneath surface and sinks. All divers safely abandoned ship.


Scientists track sharks by sampling seawater
New study shows that a sample of seawater can provide the identifiable tracks of numerous species of shark. Much cheaper and faster than current methods.

Chain of divers holding hands underwater

Record for the longest chain of divers in one session
360 divers in Australia formed an underwater human chain for 15 minutes to win a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Sea Urchin

Sea urchins help scientists develop super-strong cement
A pillar made of the cement could be 8000 m high, and all because of the sea urchin blueprint.

Right Whale to Hunt?

North Atlantic right whales on the brink of extinction
Fishing nets and lack of food blamed for pushing number of the world's most endangered marine animal to just 450

Sea of rubbish

Guatemala Announces Plan to Clean up Garbage in Caribbean Sea
Clean the rivers, clean the beaches, stop throwing the garbage into the rivers and close the clandestine dumps and establish an early warning system.

Microplastics under the microscope

Continuing scourge of microplastics in water to be gauged by new research
Bits of plastic under 5 millimeters in size - in cosmetics, cleaning products and clothes - are still polluting the sea and building up in oceans.

False killer whale in Hawaii

Critical Habitat Area Proposed for Hawaii's False Killer Whales
There are three distinct populations of False Killer Whales in Hawaii: Insular, Pelagic, and Northwestern.

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