SCUBA News 256
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 256 - October 2021

Welcome. This month, the new Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park where you can dive the First World War wrecks. Plus, which diving areas are opening up to tourists?

What's New at SCUBA Travel?

Fiji soft corals

Fabulous Fiji

Beautiful soft corals and sharks, see an underwater world which has been undisturbed by travelling divers for 21 months.

Caribbean reef sharks

Cuba Scuba

Next month Cuba eases entry restrictions and diving there is back on the menu.

Save 10% on Maldives liveaboard

Maldives liveaboard

Carpe Diem visits various routes include well-known central atolls and unexplored deep south atolls of the Maldives. 10% off and if you cannot travel due to Covid-19, free trip rescheduling.

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Explore the Gallipoli Wrecks

At the bottom of the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey lie the wrecks of the British and French ships sunk during the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915.

Until now the area has been closed to divers owing to unexploded mines and other ordnance. Now though you can dive the wrecks which are away from the dangerous artillery incuding those in the newly created Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park.

Fourteen ships rest in the park, including HMS Majestic, Lundy, S.S. Milo and HMS Triumph.

The Gallipoli campaign used mostly old warships, thought unfit to face the German fleet. As well as heavy losses among the ships, there were around 250000 casualties on both sides.

HMS Majestic

The Majestic was a British war ship built in 1895. The ship was anchored at Cape Helles when she was torpedoed by the U-21 submarine. 44 Lives were lost The wreck lies at 29 m and reaches up to 18 m. You can't penetrate the interior. It is 119 m long.

The HMS Majestic sinking
HMS Majestic sinking

HMT Lundy

In August 1915 Her Majesty's Troopship Lundy collided with the steamer Kalyan and sank in Suvla Bay. It lies between 20 and 30 m and is mostly intact. Look out for lobsters and large conger eels. 30 m long the wreck is covered in sponges it is very colourful

HMS Triumph

Like the Majestic, HMS Triumph was torpedoed and sunk by the U-21 submarine, with the loss of 73 men. She was built in 1903 and is 146 m long. A deeper wreck, it lies between 56 and 72 m.

Diver on HMS Triumph
HMS Triumph by Gallipoli Wrecks - Diving Expeditions

How to dive the Gallipoli wrecks?

Contact a local dive shop, for example Gallipoli Wrecks - Diving Expeditions. They can also help you sort out your accomodation and airport transfers. Alternatively you can take a liveaboard - a traditional wooden gulet.


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


What not to do if you see a seal on the beach
If you find a live seal on its own on a beach, watch it from a distance and do not approach the animal. How to help..

Whale picture

Letting Carbon Sink with the Fishes
Fish fall to the seafloor when they die, sequestering carbon in the deep. Our penchant for catching big fish is breaking the cycle.


Walrus from space - become a walrus detective
Walrus are under threat from a warming climate. Now you can help. Become a Walrus Detective from your own computer


Coral reefs are 50% less able to provide food, jobs, and climate protection than in 1950s, putting millions at risk
Global coverage of living corals had declined by about half since the 1950s and consequently, the diversity of species had also declined, by more than 60 per cent.

Fish over seagrass

Fish fertilize corals and seagrasses but not the way you think
Fish are like underwater gardeners, fertilizing the coral reefs, kelp forests and seagrasses where they reside. Their fertilizer of choice - their own pee. But also gill excretions

Orca pod

Scientists find a new kind of killer whale
A subset of Bigg's killer whales, specialists known for their highly coordinated hunting sorties.


Halt destruction of nature or risk dead planet, leading businesses warn
World leaders must do more to prevent the destruction of nature, business leaders have warned before a summit in China that aims to draw up a draft UN agreement for biodiversity.

New Zealand

Experts see no way back for NZ firm blocked from trying to mine the seabed
Conservationists have expressed hope that a New Zealand company whose bid to mine the seabed was blocked by the country's highest court last month has little chance of winning approval.

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