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During the last day of May, the liveaboard vessel, Majestic Explorer (formerly the MN Galápagos Majestic) and part of the Explorer Ventures fleet, sank near the island of Santiago, between Isla Isabella and Isla Santa Crus, after running aground not far from where the Galápagos Aggressor I ran aground in 2013. The hull was breached in the bow area. All 26 passengers and crew were rescued before the ship capsized and sank with 2 tons of fuel on board. No injuries were reported. If you have a booking you should contact Explorer Ventures immediately.
OceanGate puts off plans to dive to Titanic shipwreck this year, due to topside tangle
The Humane Society International’s Australian arm has called for permits allowing it to continue to document shark kills by the Queensland State Government. It highlights the impact of the lethal shark control program and the fines of $26,000 for anyone caught within 66-feet of its baited hooks and shark nets in the Great Barrier reef marine park. HSI rejected the argument that drum lines had stopped shark attacks on beaches as superficially attractive albeit non-scientific.
Diver helps solve mystery in remote Saskatchewan lake
As reported we reported in our June issue (https://www.undercurrent.org/), available only to subscribers, Apple has applied for patents that will automatically adjust an iPhone for taking pictures underwater. An assortment of sensors will determine the murkiness of the water, how much light is absorbed by the water, and the color adjustment necessary to account for the selective absorption of the light. The latest iPhone is due to be announced in September, so let’s see if there is something special for underwater photographers.
World Turtle Day was established in 2000 to protect turtles and tortoises and their threatened habitats around the world. Conservation efforts are led by several nonprofit organizations such as American Tortoise Rescue, which focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and protection of all turtle species. Since the organization’s inception it’s rescued or rehomed more than 4,000 turtles across the world through a combination of community outreach programs and financial contributions from donors.
Not to be confused with the Aria snorkeling mask by the same Italian manufacturer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 1,000 Ocean Reef Neptune Space integrated diving masks, made between March and November 2018. They represent a potential hazard due to a possible restricted air-flow. Check if your mask is affected by comparing its serial number with those listed at oceanreefgroup.com. If yours is included, return the mask to where you bought it for a free replacement or refund.
Is This Why Whales Beach Themselves?
Divers know that fast ascents can kill. Whales don’t. A study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society highlights a link between naval sonar and the massed strandings of whales. Researchers in Las Palmas, Spain believe the animals could be victims of decompression sickness caused by fear – they found nitrogen bubbles in the veins of stranded dead cetaceans, and blood clots in several of their organs. When the whales swim fast to move away from sonar, their heart rate accelerates, causing DCS.
Remaining Air Time Equals Remaining Range
Remember when we used to watch the fuel gauge of our cars and wonder how far the last bit of fuel would get us? Unfortunately, low-on-air divers don’t have the option to walk with a can to the nearest gas station. Looking at an standard pressure gauge with its needle in the red section can be unsettling, to say the least. That’s why more divers are opting for gas integration, often using a hoseless transmitter fitted to the regulator’s first-stage. The “remaining air-time” display is similar to the range indicator in a modern car, and accounts for your breathing rate and depth.
Why the Skulls and Boobs?
Diver Stuart Vernon went on social media to pose this question: “Why do so many scuba T-shirt designs make it look like scuba is for ex-Navy SEALs, or some sort of badass, when most of us are nice people? When conservation is now in the public’s mind, do you think this gives the wrong impression? Would you really wear a T-shirt with women’s breasts on it, or something more fitting for one of the Hell’s Angels?” Tell us about the worst scuba T-shirt designs you’ve seen – send an email to BenDDavison@undercurent.org
Scuba diver dies after being struck by speedboat in Port Phillip Bay
Jaws Turns Up in FloridaSharks are the reason why many people won’t go in the water, but Amber and Tommy Allore, a couple of free-divers from Stuart, FL, were thrilled to get some photographs of a great white, a rare visitor to that stretch, while spearfishing with friends off Jupiter last month. They estimated the shark to be around 12 feet long. Meanwhile, Florida’s legislature is preparing a statewide ban on the practice of fishermen dumping fish guts in the ocean to lure sharks closer to beaches and, too often, to swimmers and ocean dippers.Cyprus fines US and Norwegian men for illegal shipwreck searchhttps://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35072-cyprus-fines-us-and-norwegian-men-for-illegal-shipwreck-search.htmlDid You Hear a Fish Bomb?Reef Check Malaysia has decided to put a spotlight on marine debris in this International Year of the Reef, because they are seeing alarming amounts of plastic and other trash on Malaysian beaches, and they’ll kick off their campaign with beach cleanups on 3 areas and other islands. However, fish bombing is still a problem in the area, the organization state. If you are diving in Malaysian waters and hear dynamite fishing in action, you can report it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with date, time and location.The World’s Deepest Swimming PoolsThe 148-foot-deep DeepSpot, is set to open this fall in the Polish town of Msxczonow, 25 miles from Warsaw. Visitors can freedive and scuba in water temperatures of 90-93°F, and cave diving beginners can train in underwater caves. But DeepSpot won’t hold the world record for too long. Blue Abyss, currently under construction in Colchester, England, will be 164 feet deep. Those two are following on the success of diver-friendly pools Y-40 Deep Joy in the northern Italian town of Montegrotto Terme (138 feet) and Nemo 33 with divers in Brussels, Belgium (113 feet).World’s deepest pool to open in Polandhttps://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-deepest-pool-scli-intl/index.htmlKey West Bans Popular SunscreensFollowing in Hawaii’s footsteps, City Council members in this Florida Keys town voted 6-1 last month to ban sales of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals shown to damage coral. The U.S. National Park Service issued a statement after the Key West vote, recommending people buy skincare products containing titanium oxide or zinc oxide, which are considered natural alternatives to those two banned chemicals.Tracking the sunscreen crackdownhttps://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/articlepage/Trackingthesunscreencrackdown/153414A Pretty Weird Poop StoryScientists often get excited about the animal excrement they find. But one research team also got a surprise when they found a USB memory stick inside the frozen poop of a leopard seal on New Zealand’s Oreti Beach. It was in good condition, so they decided to search for the owner with the help of social media and news outlets. That’s how Amanda Nally, a self-proclaimed seal enthusiast, was shocked to see some of her footage of playful sea lion pups in nearby Porpoise Bay appear on the nightly news. The story gets even more bizarre – turns out the memory stick was found enmeshed in feathers and bones, indicating it was inside a seabird the leopard seal had preyed upon. Nally says she must have dropped the memory stick while beach walking.TV special on Le Griffon shipwreck to air in Mayhttps://www.manitoulin.ca/tv-special-on-le-griffon-shipwreck-to-air-in-may/Search for lost sea containers leads to discovery of 16th-century Dutch shipwreckhttps://www.foxnews.com/science/search-for-lost-sea-containers-leads-to-discovery-of-16th-century-dutch-shipwreck