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Climate scientists have warned us of coral bleaching for years. It's here

Coral bleaching is becoming an increasingly frequent and severe problem in a hotter world<p>Readers may have noticed that it’s been about a month since my last article. In recent weeks I presented guest articles in place of my own pieces. The reason for my absence was due to the adoption I was …

Oceans

Oceans Will Have More Plastic Than Fish By 2050, Study Says

The world’s oceans will be filled with more plastic mass than fish mass by 2050, the World Economic Forum said Tuesday.<p>The use of plastics has …

Tides Are Turning for the Shark Fishermen of Indonesia and India

A group of divers descends 14 to 16 m from the surface of the turquoise ocean off Raja Ampat, a marine sanctuary for sharks and manta rays in West …

This Squid Could Help Humans Repel Dangerous Flesh-Eating Bacteria

The bobtail squid stays alive because it attracts and keeps a specific kind of bacteria. Scientists still don’t know exactly how it does this, but …

Biology

Fish Feel Pain: Let's Get Over it and Do Something About It

A set of essays in the journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of …

Animals

Sea snake thought to be extinct 'rediscovered' in Western Australia

The species of short-nosed sea snake spotted in the Ningaloo marine park was last seen 17 years ago<p>A species of sea snake thought to be extinct has been rediscovered off the Western Australian coast.<p>A wildlife officer spotted two courting short-nosed sea snakes while patrolling in Ningaloo marine …

Oceans

Interview: Exploring the Ocean Depths with NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest Winner Anuar Patjane Floriuk

We recently announced the winners of the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Now, we bring you an exclusive interview with photographer Anuar Patjane Floriuk, who took home the contest's grand prize for his breathtaking underwater shot of scuba divers swimming close to a humpback whale …

Scuba Diving

Floating Rubbish Bin That Cleans Oceans

Two Australians, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, created the Seabin, a floating rubbish bin that can collect plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, and …

Oceans

The best thing to happen to oceans in 2015 was the rise of the citizen scientist

The year 2015 saw advances in ocean conservation big enough to kindle hope in the heart of even the most despairing marine scientists. But the most exciting development this year was the push to put ocean research in the hands of the public.<p>In the world of eco-friendly legislation, the past year …

Oceans

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

Eerie Underwater Photos of World War Two Aircraft

World War Two perhaps witnessed the most horrific sea battles in the history of human warfare. As a result, countless ships were sunk, either …

Scuba Diving

Venomous jellyfish ‘size of 5 London buses’ invading Britain

Deadly Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish, with tentacles as long as five London buses, have been sighted around the English coastline, prompting fears of invasion among conservationists.<p>The species usually lives far out in the ocean, but experts from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) say that the …

Manta Resort Underwater Room and 5 More Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms

Not just any hotel room, the Manta Resort Underwater Hotel Room in Zanzibar, Africa comes complete with a rooftop deck, living space, bathroom / …

Watch as a Giant Deep-Sea Jellyfish Looms Into This ROV Camera’s Field of View

A giant deep-sea jellyfish, still considered relatively new to science that is rarely spotted, was captured on a ROV camera.<p>Responding to a thread on the site Reddit that asked “Divers and water lovers, What is something you’ve found while underwater that you can’t explain or scared the hell out of …

Oceans

Engineers Craft Materials That Can Stay Dry Underwater for Months at a Time

We're finally catching up to water bugs.<p>Engineers are close to perfecting materials that can stay dry for months at a time even fully underwater, according to research published this week in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Imagine a submarine that never gets wet, or a pipe that conveys liquids along without …

Engineering

'Sea monster' figurehead hauled from the Baltic Sea

A sea monster that lay hidden beneath the waves for five centuries has finally been recovered from the Baltic Sea.<p>The "monster" — a ship figurehead that may show a scowling dog or perhaps a fantastical sea dragon with a helpless human clutched in its jaws — was fixed atop the Gribshunden, a vessel …

Archaeology

Anuar Patjane Brilliantly Photographs Life Underwater

Whale Whisperers.<p><i>All photographs are copyrighted and used with permission by Anuar Patjane.</i><p>It is underwater where Anuar Patjane made an image that …

Scuba Diving

How NatGeo's Traveler Photo Contest Proved that the Camera Doesn't Matter

Whale Whisperers. © Anuar Patjane<p>When National Geographic announced the winners of its Traveler Photo Contest, all anyone could talk about was the …

Photography

15 Breathtaking Underwater Animal Photos by Jorge Hauser

Jorge Cervera Hauser’s photography takes you deep under the surface of the largest oceans and gives a peek into the […]

Try It Now

The only way to see this incredible museum in Mexico is by scuba diving

The Museo Subacuático de Arte, located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico's Riviera Maya, is the world's largest underwater museum.<p>Composed of over 500 life-sized sculptures, MUSA offers incredible displays hidden 28 feet below the ocean's surface. That means that the only way it can be …

Scuba Diving

2015 DEEP Indonesia Photo Competition Winners Announced

<i>“Best in Show” and Animal Portrait (Gold) – Eduardo Acevedo</i><p>DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel are honored to announce the winners of the 2015 DEEP Indonesia …

Scuba Diving

Diving the Depths - a really deep infographic

I love how this infographic, Diving the Depths, defies the standard paper or poster size to get it’s message across. I’m really not a fan of the …

Infographics

Racing Extinction

Happy Earth Day!

I want my child to grow up and see the majesty of whalesharks feeding at the surface as I was able to a few year ago…. Today is Earth Day 2015. Let’s …

Environmentalism

PhotoFriday – ‘Orange’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: <b>’Orange’</b> Annoyingly I spaced last week and missed the theme of wet. Doh! This week’s theme is Orange, not a lot more …

Red Sea

Wildbook for Whale Sharks

Photograph the spots behind the gills<p>Each whale shark has an individual fingerprint: the pattern of spots behind the gills on the left or right …

Oceans

Should you stop eating fish? |

We asked legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle for her menu advice.<p>Oceanographer (and TED Prize winner) Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our …

TED Talks

The World's Best Shallow Dives

You're grouchy. A few minutes ago, your buddy gave the surface signal despite the fact that you’re only 10 minutes into your dive. As a good buddy …