dedicated to those people who have a passion for the life of the underwater
world. As a long-time SCUBA diver and underwater photographer, I not
only developed a keen interest in the world's oceans, ecology, and
marine life, but also a healthy appetite for timely news related to those
topics. As I discovered, there was a lot of news out there, but nothing
that tied it all together. With that, the idea of UnderwaterTimes was
born in April 2002.
UnderwaterTimes.com was conceived as a lark, partly an excuse to play around with new technology, and partly an effort to bring together in one place the news about the underwater world.
Launched with a simple, sparse style, UnderwaterTimes.com was about the news from day one. But building a news organization from scratch turned out to be a curious undertaking. How might one start, you ask? UnderwaterTimes.com started by scouring the world, literally searching through hundreds of online publications to find timely, interesting, and intriguing news stories--all related to underwater world. With that, "Page One" was born in April 2002 -- the first page ever published under the UnderwaterTimes.com banner.
Though the technology has evolved over the years, one early lesson learned is that programs and machines can never trump the ability of a human editor to choose just the right stories and craft the best headlines.
Several years later, UnderwaterTimes.com is still imbued with its founding principles: News offered the old-fashioned way, delivered everyday, without bias, agendas, or heavy-handed politics, edited with an independent-minded, witty approach. Along the way, UnderwaterTimes.com has grown to be the world leader in underwater news. Even today, no other underwater-related news outlet can touch the size of its audience or the depth and breath of its news coverage.
More About UnderwaterTimes...
Updated everyday, page one coverage is the news of the day. Broken up
into three columns, with the left column, "breaking
featuring big, high-impact stories. These are the banner headlines
of the newspaper world. The other two columns, "top stories," comprise
the rest of the daily news.
Stories from page one are archived off after a few days. From there, they
go to the archives, the world's largest and most comprehensive collection
of news stories related to just about anything in the underwater world.
The archives are divided into broad sections, "sharks," "whales," "scuba," etc....
All of the thousands of story headlines in the archives can be searched
via the UnderwaterTimes search engine.
Wetlines News Service
What better way to share the daily headlines than a complimentary subscription
Wetlines News Service. Headlines
are delivered through a daily Monday through Friday edition or expanded
coverage with the Sunday edition.
Our newest offering, the UnderwaterTimes Newswire publishes
original content from the UnderwaterTimes news team. Stories are organized
by the breaking newswire or by region.
The forum is where the community of UnderwaterTimes readers come together
and discuss the underwater news, events, and related topics in greater
About The Editor -- Jeff Dudas
Jeff in Patagonia
Jeff was born and grew up in Houston, Texas, where he graduated from the University of Houston. While working in the IT industry in Houston, Jeff learned how to scuba dive and developed a passion for underwater photography.
Jeff lived for a year in Minneapolis when he jumped into management consulting. From there, he moved to San Francisco, where he lived for six years. During his stay in the Bay Area, UnderwaterTimes.com was founded.
Jeff resides in Miami, where UnderwaterTimes.com is based.
- Advanced open water scuba diver with over 500 dives
- Past president and vice-president of the Northern California Underwater Photography Society (NCUPS), the world’s oldest underwater photography club.
- Award winning underwater photographer, with photos published in magazines, calendars, and commercial publications
- Published monthly magazine columnist
- Bi-weekly radio guest on KIWI-FM
- Featured on Travel Channel’s 2007 show, Ten Things You Don’t Know about Florida.
- Founder and Editor of UnderwaterTimes.com
If you have have a news tip or want to contact Jeff,
or call +1 (510) 378-3604.
Advertisers, see the UnderwaterTimes
media kit for information on advertising
Say About UnderwaterTimes.com
want to commend you for the work you do. I think this site is brilliant.
Well done. I particularly like the items about pollution and what is
happening out there. The news stations seem reluctant to report on
these serious vital issues - so everybody thinks life is going on as
normal - well done."
site guys, stumbled on you by chance and glad i did. you cover all
my interests especially sharks and mysteries of the oceans. brilliant.
keep up the good work."
I am sure there are more people around who use this great website as
an information source. I love it that is caters for ANY aspect of life
in and out of the water. Subjects I would have never really read about
if I wouldn't have found it here. Keep up the good work!"
love this site! I'm an avid fan of the ocean and its wildlife, especially
sharks! Thanks for putting together such an awesome site!"
love your website. Thank you for your time spent in making such a valuable
tool for the community :)"
want to say I stumbled upon Underwatertimes.com and LOVE it. I've told
my friends about it. Thank you!"
the site! Check it several times a week. Keep up the good work!"
Jeff, on a great web site. Nicely designed, fast, and friendly."
wanted to drop you a 'thank you' for doing such a terrific job editing
UnderwaterTimes. There is always something either new or educational
or even shocking happening in our lakes, rivers and oceans and somehow,
you manage to capture it all and condense it into one easy navigate
website. I'm absolutely hooked and visit UWTimes several times a week!"
love this site and check it every day, sometimes twice...I need my
underwater news. The dedication and love for the subject matter is
totally apparent, and keeps me coming back for more. I am pretty obsessed
with sharks and other marine life and this site saves me the having
to search through google news everyday for "shark ", "whale", "fish"
et cetera. Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I appreciate
your site. I send links to my marine obsessed buddies. Keep it up"
sending you a thank you note. Appreciate your site and daily email.
Both my teenage sons log on to your site prior to leaving for school.
Keep up the good work."
"I found your site quite a while ago and stop
in everyday to check out the headlines. When I was in high school I wanted
to be a marine biologist. I ended up following in my father's and brothers'
footsteps becoming a teacher. I teach 5th grade special education and
often times will incorporate some of the stories I read on your site
into my daily discussions. Just wanted to let you know that your hard
work is appreciated. Keep up the great work!"
What the Media
Says About UnderwaterTimes.com
up, another brilliant website that this time fueled an existing passion
of mine, life in the sea. But as well as being about one of my favourite
subjects, this website is an excellent example of a really well maintained
and considered portal. It actually describes itself as a news service,
which I suppose is accurate for a daily updated portal of this nature.
I certainly wasn't disappointed by the links it provided. Navigation
is a cinch, though it took me a few seconds to work out that page one
was the only place I needed to look for the homepage button. Nice touch
since it is a newspaper format, though I did feel a tiny bit silly
at the time. Other than that though, the sections are clearly stated
for even the most novice marine biologists. Of course, because this
is a portal whose content changes daily, no one can guarantee the links
at the time you surf it, but from what I saw this week, I found the
links to be generally informative, and clearly well researched."
Russell, BBC Click Online Webscape
to published reports on www.underwatertimes.com (a site listing virtually
every fishy story ever written like 'Fish Found to be Stimulated by
Soft Porn,' 'Pet Owners Passionate over Horny Fish,' and my favorite,
'Sir Bob Geldof to Help Save Scotland's Fishing Industry: -- 'Fish
Aid' Concert Planned'), a state fisheries biologist had a filling knocked
out while boating and a Show Me State official was seriously hurt when
he was hit by a giant carp."
Korb , The Saratogian
is a comprehensive news site dedicated to the ocean environment. Editor
Jeff Dudas constantly scours the world’s news publications for
stories that are related to everything ocean, from sharks to scuba
ping and crocodiles to conservation. Since the site collects stories
from all outlets ranging from university news releases, government
agencies, and scientific journals to small-town newspapers, it allows
you have an exact, unbiased picture of what is happing right now in
the world of ocean science. Naturally, this also includes the sensational,
the absurd, and the occasional plainly non-scientific sci-fi type story.
Still in my opinion the best ocean news site on the web!"
Island Kayak Company, Blog
am trying to remember what I did for relevant news before I discovered
Underwater Times. It is not a pretty memory! Thanks for the one source
for all that is news in the seas. Brilliant job!"
--Judy Ann Newton
Field Editor & Photo Pro, ASIAN DIVER MAGAZINE
Contributing Editor & Photo Pro, DIVE NEW ZEALAND & DIVE
Environmental Impact Editor, DIVERS - OCEAN PLANET MAGAZINE