SCUBA News 224
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 224 - February 2019

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What's new at SCUBA Travel?
Featured Liveaboard - Solar Eclipse in Philippines
Creature of the Month: Fiveline Cardinalfish
Diving news from around the World

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What's New at SCUBA Travel?

Komodo marine life


Incredible diving in Komodo - guaranteed sharks, mantas, turtles plus beautiful macro and thrilling currents.
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Diving Malpelo, Colombia

Malpelo - as good as Galapagos?

Malpelo is a small, barren island just 8 sq km. Here hammerhead and other sharks congregate. This is not a trip for beginners but is truly a world-class dive site.
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Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon

World's best wreck dives

Revealed - the top ten wreck dives as voted for by our readers.
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Featured Liveaboard - Flying Dolphin III

Solar Eclipse in the Philippines

Flying Dolphin liveaboard

Don't miss the unique opportunity to spot the Solar Eclipse on the Flying Dolphin III catarmaran, and discover if whales and dolphins really do come to the surface to see what's going on when the sky goes dark.

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Creature of the Month: Fiveline Cardinalfish, Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus

Fiveline Cardinalfish

Unlike many other cardinal fish this species is active by both day and night (others are only active at night). It lives from 3 m down to 40 m in the Red Sea and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific. When threatened it shelters in sea urchins or coral. Carnivorous, they have small, very sharp teeth for feeding on small crustaceans and fishes.

The male fiveline cardinalfish carries the eggs or larvae of its young in its mouth: mouth-brooding. It must go without food for quite some time when doing so. Every three minutes the fish will open its mouth and move the eggs to keep them aerated. So if you see a cardinal fish with a fat chin which may be holding eggs - keep your eye on it for a few minutes to be sure and to maybe grab a photo opportunity.

Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Perciformes > Family: Apongonidae

Photo by Jill Studholme. Taken on Ben el Gabel, Hurghada.

More Creatures of the Months...

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


Guam proposes banning fishing with the use of SCUBA gear
New bill proposes to ban fishing with the use of SCUBA equipment in hopes of protecting and preserving reef fish - the numbers of which are "declining at an alarming rate".

Blue whales

Migrating blue whales rely on memory to find prey
Blue whales reach their massive size by relying on their exceptional memories to find historically productive feeding sites rather than responding in real time to emerging prey patches - which could cause them problems if climate change results in prey moving elsewhere.

Sperm Whale

Plastics leading to reproductive problems for marine animals
Scientists say some marine animals with high levels of pollutants are failing to calve

Coral reef with bleaching

Proximity to land determines how coral reef communities respond to climate change events
Location, location, location: marine wildlife that live amongst the coral are affected differently by devastating climate change events, depending on how close to the mainland they are found.

Seal with sensor

Seals to keep watch on remote Antarctic glacier
Two species of seals will help keep watch on a huge glacier in West Antarctica that is at risk of collapse.


How to save a seabird
Best method is streamer lines which has reduced seabird bycatch in Alaska's longline fisheries has been reduced by upto 90 percent, saving thousands of birds per year including hundreds of albatrosses. Researchers also found that fewer than 2 percent of the 300 vessels researchers analysed accounted for 46 to 78 percent of the bycatch.

Space junk

Streets, Seas and Stars: Nightmares of Pollution
Industry, construction and pollution has ravaged the planet exponentially in the last fifty years, so much so that we are experiencing the most dramatic change since the ice age.

Work for is Hiring
Are you a scuba diver with a passion for partnership marketing or content management? You could be just the person are looking for.

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