SCUBA News 233
21 November 2019
SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 233 - November 2019
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This protected sanctuary sees the entire North Atlantic Humpback Whale population arrive from January to April.
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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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.
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)
2. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (5)
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)
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 - 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, 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 : 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. (-)
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. (-)
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)
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)
UK lifts restrictions on flights to Sharm El-Sheikh
Saudi Arabia makes tourist visas available to divers once more
20% off Travel Insurance with SCUBA Diving
Iceland accused of putting mackerel stocks at risk by increasing its catch
A blue whale's heart beats just twice a minute when it dives for food
Plan for three metre sea level rise, warns Institute of Mechanical Engineering
Galapagos sea life study highlights importance of biodiversity in the face of climate change
How to save the oceans at home and whilst travelling
Underwater robotic gliders measure ocean sound levels
New danger for sea fans in warming seas: Metal pollution
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