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8th January
Fish Disguised As Copycat Octopus Discovery

First there was the octopus that mimicked fish; now researchers say a fish is copying the octopus.

The mimic octopus is known to impersonate lionfish and sea snakes by adapting their movement and colour.

But scientists from the University of Gottingen, Germany, have now recorded a black-marble jawfish disguising itself among the octopus' tentacles.

The confusing circle of imitation was observed in waters off the coast of Indonesia.

In findings published in the journal Coral Reefs, scientists say this is the first evidence of the unusual association between a fish and a mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus).


Source: BBC Nature

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8th January
Win a Fabulous Rebreather Trip with the Siren Fleet, PADI & Poseidon Dive Talk

Siren FleetWorldwide Dive & Sail and the Siren Fleet have joined together with Poseidon and PADI to bring you a superb prize and introduction to the world of bubble-free diving.

The lucky competition winner will receive:-

- Poseidon Discovery MKVI Rebreather Unit

- PADI Recreational Rebreather course & materials

- 10-night Luxury Liveaboard trip for 2 on any Siren Fleet yacht in 2013


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info

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5th December
Dan Magazine Available For Free on iPad Dive Talk

Dan ipad appDAN’s Alert Diver magazine has once again taken the industry-leading publication to a new level; the must-read quarterly is now available in a digital version for the iPad.

DAN magazine now digital“Just as we are fully committed to ever-improving the quality of our print product,” said Stephen Frink, publisher of Alert Diver. “We also realize there is a global audience for Alert Diver and reaching them is important. Alert Diver readers travel extensively, and the magazine’s core information on research, education and medicine may help if a problem occurs away from home. We want to be there for our members, and it’s easier to take an archive of Alert Diver on a tablet than to tote print copies in a backpack.”


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info

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5th December
Australia to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve Reef Spotter

The Australian government has announced plans to establish the world's largest protected marine area in the Coral Sea.

The proposed Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve will cover 989,842 square kilometers (around 380,000 square miles) -- an area roughly one tenth the size of the U.S.

"Australia's vast oceans provide a source of food and resources, and are a place of recreation. But we cannot afford to be complacent," Australia's environment minister Tony Burke said.

"In the space of one lifetime, the world's oceans have gone from being relatively pristine to being under increasing pressure.


Source: CNN

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1st October
Best Dive Job in the World 2012 Contest Begins Dive Talk

Indonesia-based dive operator Blue Season Bali is set to announce an updated version of their hugely popular contest dubbed “The Best Dive Job in the World.”  The Best Dive Job in the World debuted in October 2010 and offered the chance for one person to spend seven months in beautiful Bali training to become a PADI scuba diving instructor- for free.


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info

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15th September
GBR Trip for PADI's 20 Millionth Certification Dive Talk

PADI has issued its 20 millionth certification this September - and the lucky recipient has won a trip to Autralia's Great Barrier Reef.

Alexandra Swanson, 22, found out she received the 20 millionth PADI diver certification yesterday morning at Micronesian Divers Association in Piti. She was certified on Sept. 4.

“This is the first time I’ve ever won anything in my entire life,” she said minutes after finding out she won a week-long trip for two to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The prize includes round-trip coach airfare to Cairns, four nights in a hotel resort and three days/three nights aboard the dive vessel the Spirit of Freedom, according to information on PADI’s website.


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info


15th September
New Species of Dolphin Discovered Discovery

Researchers in Australia say they've made a remarkable discovery, identifying for one of the first times in over a hundred years a brand new species of dolphin. And, in addition to being the latest of its kind to be uncovered, this new type of dolphin, named Tursiops australis, is also among the rarest. So far, biologists have only found a handfull of places along the coast of Australia where they exist -- and there's only thought to be around 150 of them in existence.


Source: Tree Hugger

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11th September
Scuba game to be released for iPad Dive Talk

Divemaster GameWetpixel member Gyula Somogyi has announced the imminent release of his Divemaster game for the iPad. The game focuses on the core activities of a working divemaster: Guiding divers under the water and showing them the amazing underwater world and animals. The player must connect the divers to those animals they wish to photograph and each photo taken rewards the player with tips from the divers. These tips can then be used to upgrade equipment and training.


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info

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11th September
Artificial island could be solution for rising Pacific sea levels Dive Talk

Lilypad floating cityKiribati's President Anote Tong is considering radical action of moving 100,000 people to 'structures resembling oil rigs'

Sea levels are rising so fast that the tiny Pacific state of Kiribati is seriously considering moving its 100,000 people on to artificial islands. In a speech to the 16-nation Pacific Islands Forum this week, President Anote Tong said radical action may be needed and that he had been looking at a $2bn plan that involved "structures resembling oil rigs".


Source: Guardian Environment

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10th August
2011 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced Imaging

Ocean Art 2011Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce it is accepting entries for the second annual Ocean Art Photo Competition 2011.

There are over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 25 liveaboard and scuba diving resort packages, dive equipment, and much more. Grand prizes include an all-inclusive 10-night stay at Kungkungan Bay Resort in Indonesia, an 18-night stay in Papua New Guinea including a trip on the M/V Febrina, an 11-day voyage on the SMY Ordina, a cruise on the Rocio Del Mar to the Socorro Islands, an 11-night cruise with Kararu Dive Voyages, a 7-day charter on the Nai’a in Fiji, a 5-night stay at Wananavu Beach Resort in Fiji, a week-long stay for two with Maluku Divers in Ambon, and a voyage on the Nautilus Explorer.


Source: UnderwaterAsia.info

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