SCUBA News 233
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 233 - November 2019

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Scuba Bestsellers of 2019
Diving news from around the World

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Sea squirts

Marine Life Riches in Timor-Leste

At the southwest corner of the coral triangle, Timor-Leste has nearly 600 different species of reef-building corals, six of the world's seven marine turtle species and more than 2000 species of reef fish.
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Humpback whale

Swim with Humpbacks in the Dominican Republic

This protected sanctuary sees the entire North Atlantic Humpback Whale population arrive from January to April.
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Manta Ray

Best Places to Dive in the World

We've updated our list of the top ten dives in the world, as voted for by our readers. Choose where to go for your next trip and tell us about your favourite dive sites
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The SCUBA Diving Bestsellers of 2019

Stuck for a gift for a diving friend? What about a diving book? These are the best sellers on SCUBA Travel in 2019. Three are guides to the best diving destination in the world, the Red Sea is a popular location with three entries dedicated to this area and one gives a masterclass in underwater photography. Figures in brackets show the previous year's position.

Dive Atlas of the world

1. 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. (3)

Coral Reef Guide Red Sea

2. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (5)

Fifty places to dive

3. 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. (4)

Underwater Guide to the Red Sea

4. Underwater Guide to the Red Sea
by Lawson Wood
Covers both the best dive sites and gives a photographic identification guide to the sealife of the Red Sea. A good introduction but if you are serious about identification we recommend Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (1)

Red Sea Wrecks

5. Red Sea Wrecks - Northern Egypt : Site-by-site Dive Guide and Logbook Combined
by Rik Vercoe
The loose leaf guide manages to pack loads of information into a small space and covers most of the dives you will do on a week's holiday.(-)

cool waters

6. Cool Waters, Emerald Seas : Diving Temperate Waters
by John Collins
Beautiful photographic portrait of our ocean world - the culmination of twenty years of diving the seas around Ireland, Scotland, Canada, South Africa and Tasmania. (-)

Scapa Flow dive guide

7. Scapa Flow : The Definitive Guide to Scapa Flow
by Lawson Wood
Another by Lawson Wood. This time a comprehensive guide to diving Scapa Flow covering over 75 wrecks and 9 reefs. (-)

Isle of Man dive guide

8. Dive Sites and Marine Life of the Calf of Man and Neighbouring Area by Bill Sanderson, Bruce McGregor, Andrew Brierley
The Isle of Man boasts some excellent diving and this book describes some of the best dive sites in the south of the island. It is written by three marine biologists, based on their extensive personal experience of diving the area. (-)

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. (8)

100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations

10. 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Underwater Destinations
by Carrie Miller and Brian Skerry
From National Geographic, includes some beautiful photograps plus marine life guides, travel tips and expert diving advice from world-famous National Geographic divers and explorers like Brian Skerry, Jessica Cramp and David Doubilet. (7)

We've interviewed several of the authors featured in this list, including Jack Jackson and Bill Sanderson. See also our diving book reviews and other interviews with authors.

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

Red Sea soft leather corals

UK lifts restrictions on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh
The first flights will resume in February 2020 - good news for many British Divers, and the Egyptian diving industry.

Diver in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia makes tourist visas available to divers once more
For several years international dive tourism ceased in Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom withdrew tourist visas. Now though, a new tourist visa has become available which can be applied for online.

Columbus Direct

20% off Travel Insurance with SCUBA Diving
For diving down to 30 or 40 m. Offer ends 2 December.

Icelandic Fisherman

Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catch
Leaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risks.

Blue whale

A blue whale's heart beats just twice a minute when it dives for food
This is well below the rates the large animals were calculated to have. Previous predictions were that the whales would have a resting heart rate of 15 beats per minute.

Rising sea at coast

Plan for three metre sea level rise, warns Institute of Mechanical Engineering
Current policies for coastal adaptation to heightened sea levels may not be adequate.

Fish in the Galapagos

Galapagos sea life study highlights importance of biodiversity in the face of climate change
Study of wave turbulence suggests that highly mobile species and more diverse ecological communities may be more resilient to the effects of changing environmental conditions.

ghost net and divers

How to save the oceans at home and whilst travelling
Top tips to help save the oceans:

Underwater robot glider

Underwater robotic gliders measure ocean sound levels
Ocean sound can also be measured from a research ship, but they are expensive to operate. They also create a lot of noise themselves, which disturbs marine animals and fish that are sensitive to sound. New underwater glider solves these problems.

Sea fan - Gorgonia

New danger for sea fans in warming seas: Metal pollution
Metals like copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses a threat to soft coral sea fans, especially in warming seas.

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