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Appeared in DIVER March 2018
Whether on CCR, scuba or snorkel, TONY BASKEYFIELD received an enthusiastic welcome from one of the UK's biggest grey seal colonies - in the Farne Islands

Return to the Blue Planet?

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
It's the marine-life TV series no diver will want to miss, but what was it like to be a scuba-diver working on Blue Planet II, capturing never-before-seen animal behaviour? Rachel Butler has been living the dream, as she tells STEVE WEINMAN

The Normal sharks

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
What is a 'normal' shark? The sort we see on shark feeds in the Caribbean, or swimming around, often in the distance, at so many exotic locations? Think again, suggests JAMIE WATTS. Additional photography by MALCOLM NOBBS


Appeared in DIVER July 2017
Off the coast of South Australia, an unremarkable setting conceals one of the ocean's most spectacular events - a mating spree for the world's largest cuttlefish.
STEVEN BEDARD reports, photography by JUSTIN GILLIGAN

Fish Whisperer

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
Does CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN possess Dr Dolittle-type powers of communication with marine life, or has her training simply made her more adept at recognising their behaviour? You decide, as we head back to Socorro and elsewhere - photography by NICK ROBERTSON-BROWN

The turtle that holds up the world

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Turtles, and in particular the green turtles most commonly encountered by divers, have not been revered for nothing, says ALEXANDER KURAKIN. Photographs by ANDREY NEKRASOV


Appeared in DIVER April 2017
It seems that marine-life could hold the key to improving many aspects of human health. Which is fine as long as the creatures we dive to see don't have to be sacrificed in the process, says LISA COLLINS. They might not have to be.


Appeared in DIVER January 2017
RICHARD ASPINALL looks at how to make your reef-dives even better – for you and the coral

Attack of the head-huggers

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
NIGEL MARSH has been captivated by blue-ringed octopuses for many years, but never expected to capture an intimate, and strange, head-hugging moment

Red Abalone Hunters

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
These California freedivers fret constantly about shark attacks and sea conditions, but the value of their quarry can make them obsessive. MARTIN PASHLEY reports, photography by JAMES CHEADLE

The American Crocodiles of Cuba

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
In an extract from their new book World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites, NICK & CAROLINE ROBERTSON-BROWN head to the Caribbean to encounter a predator that deserves the utmost respect

Drumming up a storm

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Underwater photographer CATHY LEWIS has developed a serious addiction to Britain's painted gobies, and reckons you could too

The hangers-on

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
Suckerfish have nasty habits, agrees JAMIE WATTS - but look closer and divers can appreciate their redeeming features. They can be good for a laugh too, when they latch on to unsuspecting buddies, such as photographer MALCOLM NOBBS

ELVIS is in the house

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
Decorator crabs are ingenious and often unwittingly entertaining in their choice of adopted camouflage gear. LISA COLLINS has an eye for them

Ancient Mariners

Appeared in DIVER September 2016
JAMIE WATTS looks at the reptiles that have returned to the seas. Photos by MALCOLM NOBBS

The Constant Gardener

Appeared in DIVER May 2016
From kids who grew up on Finding Nemo to underwater photographers and aquarium fish-hunters, everyone loves anemonefish. JAMIE WATTS and photographer Malcolm Nobbs set off in search of the real Nemo

Giant Sea Hare Orgy

Appeared in DIVER January 2016
Photographer MALCOLM NOBBS had seen sea hares in UK waters, but the size and abandoned behaviour of their Antipodean cousins was something else. JAMIE WATTS reports

Death by suffocation

Appeared in DIVER December 2015
Shrimps were gradually disappearing into starfish - something strange was going on in the Philippines. LISA COLLINS investigates

Giddy Goats

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
The ups and downs of love - Andrei Nekrasov comes across a pair of goatfish with one thing on their mind

Shark-feeding: right or wrong?

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
In an extract from his new book Shark Bytes, JOHN BANTIN tackles this controversial issue head-on

Jelly junket

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
When the beautiful Thysanostoma thysanura passes on, voracious gourmets rush in to dispose of the body. RICHARD CAREY was on standby with his camera

All mouth and attitude

Appeared in DIVER June 2015
Do you really want to mess with this guy (the one on the opposite page, that is)? Is this what you want to see rushing at you as you bimble peacefully along the reef? Not really, because ...

Good-tempered giants

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
At Oslob in the Philippines whale sharks are attracted by feeding, and the ring of spectators makes it all a bit ‘Disneyland in full swing’, says ANDREY NEKRASOV (who also took the pi...

Sea Monsters

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
Giant squid are creatures bordering on legend, and divers need to make a real effort to encounter them, but they’re out there and in hard-to-imagine numbers, says JAMIE WATTS

Architect of love

Appeared in DIVER March 2015
One of the most memorable TV sequences of 2014 was the amorous Japanese pufferfish building intricate sandcastles to attract mates in the BBC's Life Story. TOM CROWLEY sourced the story t...

Cornish Blues

Appeared in DIVER January 2015
It isn't only baskers that like to hang out off Cornwall in early summer. WILL APPLEYARD jumps on a RIB for a whole new shark experience

Crustacean alley at the end of the world

Appeared in DIVER November 2014
It doesn't get much more remote than Beagle Channel, at Argentina's southern tip. JAMIE WATTS penetrates the kelp to find a rich eco-system where the lobster-krill rule

The extreme life of the sea

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
...that's the title of the new book about the undersea world by father and son STEPHEN R PALUMBI and ANTHONY R PALUMBI. These three extracts give a flavour, starting with the incredible s...

Cool as a Cuttlefish

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
Jamie Watts looks at the more chilled-out cousins of octopuses and squids, and their hypnotic communication displays

Soft salp

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
Would you mind posing with that great big jelly thing LISA COLLINS asks her model? Does it sting, and what is it, anyway?

Trials of the tuna ranch

Appeared in DIVER July 2014
DAVID JONES went diving with tuna to get some underwater photos - but came away from the pens with some big questions to tackle

Ancient mariners

Appeared in DIVER May 2014
We love 'em - on most dives a turtle sighting is a big bonus. JAMIE WATTS looks at the reptiles that have returned to the seas

Armoured and dangerous

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
It's a long time since Jamie Watts would play with a scorpionfish as it rested on his hand - he knows much better now!

Thanks for all the fish

Appeared in DIVER December 2013
It had been a long-held dream of two divers to capture images of gannets under water in the Shetlands, but the obstacles were daunting. RICHARD SHUCKSMITH and MATT DOGGETT, who took these...

Make love...

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
What happens when the normally shy and cryptic cuttlefish lets its guard down and allows us an intimate view of something very special DEBI HENSHAW found out

...not war

Appeared in DIVER July 2013
RICHARD CAREY witnesses an unusual sight in the Red Sea

Free Ride

Appeared in DIVER June 2013
Also at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas, and keen not to get the sharks over-excited as she freedives with very little on, is LESLEY ROCHAT

Mixing with the giant octopus

Appeared in DIVER March 2013
In summer you can hardly move for giant octopuses in parts of the Sea of Japan, and some of them are enormous. ALEXANDR KURAKIN heads for eastern Russia, with dive-buddy and photographer ...

Nudibranch safari

Appeared in DIVER January 2013
Doing my safety stop under the jetty, Im grinning so broadly that Im almost losing my regulator, says MORTEN BJORN LARSEN. In just a few dives Ive seen and photographed more nudibranch sp...

Waiting for cod

Appeared in DIVER November 2012
You may think you've seen cod under water, but you ain't seen nothing yet! ALEX MUSTARD visits northern Iceland, where the really big fish can still be found