SCUBA News 258
(ISSN 1476-8011)

SCUBA News (ISSN 1476-8011)
Issue 258 - December 2021

Welcome to SCUBA News - our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Let's hope next year brings us more diving and travel opportunities.

What's New at SCUBA Travel?

Grey reef sharks

Down below in French Polynesia

The sheer number of islands in French Polynesia makes for a great variety of dive sites. One of the best is Tiputa Pass in Rangiroa - famous for its sharks, manta rays, turtles and dolphins.

Whale tail

Guide to Diving Portugal

Dozens of whale and dolphin species, plus sharks, manta rays, mobulas and sunfish, have put Portugal firmly on the map of dive destinations.

Featured Liveaboard: Socorro's Southern Sport

Socorro liveaboard - Southern Sport

The World Heritage site of Socorro is one of the very best places to see sharks and mantas. Book now for $400 off.


Bestselling Scuba Books in 2021

We're pleased to release the list of our best selling SCUBA books in 2021.There have been some great books published this year which have made the list, plus some old favourites.

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

Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favourite UK Dives

1. Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favourite UK Dives
by Will Appleyard
From highlands to islands, wrecks to reefs and caves (3)

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

2. 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. (1)

Coral Reef Guide Red Sea

3. Coral Reef Guide Red Sea
by Ewald Lieske, Robert Myers
Excellent guide to the fish and invertebrates of the Red Sea. (8)

Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue

4. Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue
by John Volanthen
The thrilling account of the dramatic Thai cave rescue which saved the lives of thirteen people, from the diver who led the search.(--)

Underwater Guide to the Red Sea

5. Underwater Guide to the Red Sea
by Lawson Wood
Covers the best dive sites and gives a photographic identification guide to some of the sealife of the Red Sea. A good introduction. (9)

Aquanaut: A Life Beneath The Surface – The Inside Story of the Thai Cave Rescue

6. Aquanaut: A Life Beneath The Surface – The Inside Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
by Rick Stanton
Another account of the Thai Cave rescue this time by British diver Rick Stanton. (--)

Exploring Britain's Hidden World

7. Exploring Britain's Hidden World: A Natural History of Seabed Habitats
by Keith Hiscock
A wealth of information about what lives on and in the seabed has been brought together in one sumptuously illustrated volume. (5)

Reef Life

8. Reef Life: An Underwater Memoir
by Callum Roberts
The story of how Callum Roberts, Britain's pre-eminent marine conservation scientist, fell in love with coral reefs and embarked on a thirty-year career. (--)

Dive Atlas of the world

9. 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. (7)

Marine Biology

10. Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction
by Philip V. Mladenov
Accessible and up-to-date overview of marine biology, offering a tour of marine life and marine processes that ranges from the unimaginably abundant microscopic organisms that drive the oceans' food web to the apex predators. (--)

Updated bestseller list is here. Or read our book reviews at

Diving news from around the World


What not to do if you find a beached whale or dolphin
Helpful tips from the Wildlife Trust for if you see a whale, dolphin or porpoise on a beach.

Dive map Denmark

New interactive map of dive spots around Denmark
Click on a dive spot to get photos and notes about it.

Seal by the Thames

Seahorses, sharks and seals found in River Thames
Sharks, seahorses, eels and seals have been found living in the River Thames, a study has found.

Right whales

These whales are so decimated that a single birth was cheered by scientists
A sigh of relief spread across the community of Atlantic whale watchers who know critically endangered right whales are as likely to die as they are to give birth. On her path to motherhood at age 39, Slalom has survived at least six fishing net entanglements that are known to kill whales.

Underwater sculpture

Grenada completes a renovation of its underwater sculpture park
It was the first of its kind when it opened in 2006 and has since become one of the country's most popular attractions.


AI Speeds Delivery of Information Critical for Whale Conservation
One of the best ways to understand whales is to listen to them. A new artificial intelligence (AI) program named INSTINCT is helping scientists study whales by learning their calls.

Hector dolphins

Dolphin advocates say Kiwi Government's proposed protections are fundamentally flawed
Environmentalists are calling on the New Zealand Government to ban set and trawl nets to protect Hector's dolphins from extinction.


Microplastics revealed in New Zealand marine mammals for first time
Scientists have found micro plastics in New Zealand dolphins.


Blue O Two Dive Travel Company Ceases Trading
Blue O Two has been trading for 18 years but has been sold to Scuba Tours Worldwide Ltd. The business failed to survive the pandemic.

Litter cleanup

Robotic system to clean litter from seafloor passes test
The cleaning system, which works similarly to home robot vacuums, was able to see waste on the bottom of the sea and move towards it.

Diver over coral

From the ocean floor, a startup livestreams the rise of coral cities
A Portuguese company that was forged in Southeast Asia is building an underwater city for coral in Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, Malaysia, made from food waste such as rice husks.

Wreck and diver

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2022 Photo competition now open
Judged by Martin Edge, Alex Mustard and Peter Rowlands

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