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Basking Shark
Basking Shark

Drones Reveal Basking Shark Mating Behaviour

The study describes how the researchers launched a drone from the beach and flew it to the site of a disturbance spotted from shore. Two basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) were immediately seen in close proximity—one near the bottom and one near the surface. The latter was confirmed to be a mature male due to the presence of claspers, while the shark near the bottom appeared to be a female.

Explorer Ventures Pre-DEMA Group Travel Specials - 2024

Reserve a small group or the whole boat for your dive shop, we have PRE-DEMA deals that will save you money. Book a group of six or more travellers to enjoy special pricing and exclusive extras, like free spaces, free Nitrox and unbeatable deposit terms for travel into 2027. 

Our expert travel team will help you reserve your group liveaboard trip to the Caribbean, Galapagos, Red Sea, Maldives, Palau or Maldives.

These deals are typically better than the DEMA Specials and won’t be marketed to the public! Be creative; put together a package that works for you. 

Diving Talks Conference Showcases Groundbreaking Contributions to Diving and Marine Science

 This prestigious event will offer the public an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest advancements and contributions to the field of diving, spanning research into diver health and safety, innovations in diving mechanics, and marine conservation projects.

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Exciting Lineup for This Year's Edition

This year’s Diving Talks promises to be just as captivating, featuring a remarkable lineup of speakers who are pioneers and experts in their respective fields:

Rather than atoll islands’ low elevation per se, it is the impairment of natural accretion processes that is jeopardising their persistence
Rather than atoll islands’ low elevation per se, it is the impairment of natural accretion processes that is jeopardising their persistence

Atoll Islands: Dynamic Landforms Adapting to Rising Seas

The commonly held belief that atoll islands are static and doomed landforms due to rising sea levels is a misunderstanding. In reality, these islands have the ability to adapt and grow vertically. This natural capacity for vertical accretion enables them to keep pace with gradual sea level changes, challenging the idea of inevitable loss.

With its mandate also covering marine-related tourism, the Office is set to play a crucial role in promoting recreational diving and ensuring the health and accessibility of Florida's dive sites.
With its mandate also covering marine-related tourism, the Office is set to play a crucial role in promoting recreational diving and ensuring the health and accessibility of Florida's dive sites.

Florida opens Office of Ocean Economy

Florida has announced the establishment of the Office of Ocean Economy at Florida Atlantic University. This office will develop the state's blue economy sectors, including maritime industries, aquaculture, and tourism, with a strong emphasis on expanding and improving the recreational dive industry.

BSAC clubs open to qualified divers for thrilling UK scuba diving this summer!

Divers who hold qualifications from other training agencies are encouraged to find their local club and get in touch to visit and join them on a dive or dive trip, to get a flavour of BSAC and club diving. Visiting divers will be covered with BSAC’s insurance to try diving with a club.

Humpback whale strains krill in Alaska
Humpback whale strains krill in Alaska

U.S. Rolls Out First National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy

This strategy outlines a holistic approach to understanding and preserving marine ecosystems, crucial for maintaining the country's economic, environmental, and cultural prosperity.

President Biden has emphasised the ocean's critical role in sustaining life on Earth, highlighting its contributions to jobs, food supply, climate moderation, and cultural identity. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to conserving at least 30% of U.S. waters by 2030, addressing the escalating threats of warming, overfishing, and biodiversity loss.

umblebees Can Endure a Week Underwater While Sleeping
umblebees Can Endure a Week Underwater While Sleeping

Bumblebees Capable of Surviving Underwater for a Week

Scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the common eastern bumblebee, revealing that these insects can survive underwater for up to a week. This unusual capability is detailed in a study published in the Royal Society's Biology Letters, which suggests that bumblebees can enter a state of suspended animation when submerged, conserving oxygen and energy.