Report: Sipadan Marine Paradise Destroyed by Grounded Construction Barge
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 17, 2006 21:58 EST
A giant barge has apparently flattened corals at Sipadan's legendary Dropoff Point inflicting "incalculable" damage, according to a report containing pictures of what are believed to be the damaged section posted on the Internet by Fins Magazine Associate editors Andrea...
Malaysia Bans Flippers in Marine Parks
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia - Apr 5, 2006 22:34 EST
The use of flippers by snorkellers is to be banned at all marine parks in Malaysia.
Resort operators have been given one week to notify their guests of the directive.
The move follows a recommendation from the Fisheries Department that the use...
British Invester Wants to Build Giant Aquarium in Bali
Denpansar, Bali - Mar 22, 2006 19:07 EST
British investor Newman Bio Marine Pte Ltd wanted to build a giant aquarium in popular tourist resort in Sanur area on Bali Island, a British businesswoman said.
The company wished to make a large aquarium in Sanur since the area`s underwater...
13-year old Deaf and Dumb Boy Becomes India's Youngest Scuba Diver
Port Blair, India - Mar 22, 2006 18:46 EST
A 13-year old deaf and dumb boy from Andaman and Nicobar islands has become India's youngest scuba diver.
Gaurav Baidya became the youngest scuba diver when he received the Pacific Area Diving Institute (PADI) certificate, the international scuba body certificate, after...
Seoul Museum Buys Shark in Formaldehyde for $4m; 'The Wrath of God'
Seoul, South Korea - Mar 19, 2006 19:29 EST
The Samsung Museum in Seoul has bought Damien Hirst’s The Wrath of God (2005), a new version of the artist’s shark suspended in formaldehyde, for $4m from the Galeria Hilario Galguera in Mexico City. The Korean corporate museum has also...
Report: Filipino Fishermen Having a Blast, Scaring Whales, Destroying Coral
Babuyan Islands, The Philippines - Mar 19, 2006 19:04 EST
Fishermen in the once tranquil Babuyan Islands in Cagayan province are literally having a blast.
Local fishermen, citing poor catch in recent months, have resorted to dynamite blasting to salvage metal from shipwrecks surrounding the islands, according to the World Wildlife...
Geologist: 'Mini tsunami' likely along Thai coast in the next 50 years
Bangkok, Thailand - Mar 13, 2006 19:46 EST
Geologists have forecast that Thailand's Andaman coast could face a "mini tsunami" in the next 50 years, and warned that the area's "improper" land use could put local residences in real danger if a worse-case scenario occurs.
The magnitude of the...
Beluga Whale 'Aliya' Learns to Blow Bubble Rings at Japanese Aquarium
Hamada City, Japan - Feb 26, 2006 19:19 EST
A Beluga whale at an aquarium in Japan has been wowing spectators with her new trick, blowing bubbles.
The whale, named Allya by the Russian researcher who captured her, has been charming the crowds by aiming the bubbles at spectators as...
Brother, Sister Plan Record Swim Across Malaysian Strait, 'God Willing'
Lumut, Malaysia - Feb 24, 2006 18:00 EST
Nine-year-old Salman Ali Shariati Abdul Halim and his sister, Zahra Ma'soumah, 13, are confident of establishing a record by swimming a distance of 8.9 kilometres from Pangkor Island to Lumut in about four hours on Sunday.
The siblings said they did...
Fish skin shoes set to make a splash; 'Fish skin is another piece of leather'
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Feb 14, 2006 19:04 EST
This is not another “fishy” tale. Newly-opened shoe boutique Zendalia is introducing shoes, bags, wallets and key chains, made of tilapia fish skin.
With the natural scale pattern in copious colours, these products are simply irresistible.
“Fish skin is another piece of...
Sunken Treasure Looters Posing as Scuba Divers in Malaysia
Mersing, Malaysia - Feb 11, 2006 18:10 EST
Looters posing as scuba-divers are scouring the waters of Mersing looking for sunken treasure.
They have managed to carry away artifacts from many shipwrecks in the area, University Kebangsaan Malaysia archaeologist Prof Nik Hassan Suhaimi told The New Straits Times.
Deaths Push Rare Asia DolphinsNearer to Extinction; 'This is Terrible News'
Gland, Switzerland - Feb 3, 2006 19:16 EST
The death of ten Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River in Cambodia is raising serious concerns about the survival of this already critically endangered population, warns WWF.
The global conservation organization estimates that there are only 80–100 Irrawaddy dolphins left in...
Cargo Ship Runs Aground at Philippines' Apo Reef National Park
Apo Island, Philippines - Jan 26, 2006 00:00 EST
STRONG WINDS and rains caused by a low pressure area drove a Manila-bound Indonesian vessel from Malaysia to run aground at the Apo Reef Natural Park, a protected area in Occidental Mindoro.
The 2,003-ton M/V Marthen hit parts of the Apo...
Officials: Fish Fed Feces, Dead Pigs at Malaysian Catfish Farm
Batu Gajah, Malaysia - Jan 18, 2006 00:00 EST
A raiding government team visiting a fish farm made a horrific discovery when they found that faeces and carcasses were being fed to the popular ikan patin (silver catfish).
The Perak religious department made the disgusting discovery when it raided the...
Chinese Find Underwater 'Lost City' in Lake; 'An Extensive Series of Structures'
Yunnan Province, China - Jan 16, 2006 00:00 EST
China researchers are reporting the discovery of Mayan pyramid-like buildings under Fuxian Lake in China’s Yunnan province.
"Gengwei, a professional diver, told reporters on December 19th, 2005, that images from sonar scans showed that a large relic covering at least 2.4...
Japan says clashes at sea could reduce whale catch
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 12, 2006 00:00 EST
Clashes at sea with two environmental groups will not bring Japan's whaling programme to a halt but could reduce the size of the catch, a senior official at the Fisheries Ministry said on Thursday.
The confrontations with Greenpeace and the more...
Chinese treasure ship to reveal its secrets after 800 years
Beijing, China - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST
Stormy waves cut short the voyage of the Chinese merchant vessel as it left a southern port laden with exquisite porcelain 800 years ago to sell its wares along the ancient trade route known as the Marine Silk Road.
Singapore adventurer breaks Guinness World Record for scuba dive
Singapore - Dec 25, 2005 00:00 EST
Singapore adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow broke the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive on Sunday by staying underwater for 220 hours, Channel NewsAsia reported Sunday night.
Khoo went into a special mineral water tank on December 16 to challenge...
Koa Tao Fears Too Much Diving May Bring a Bad Thing
Kao Tao, Thailand - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST
While Koh Samui is well-paved and packed with five-star resorts, and Koh Phangan turns into an international frat party during its full-moon festivities, neighboring Koh Tao is still hanging on to its place slightly off the map – but barely.
Singapore adventurer attempts world record longest scuba dive
Singapore - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST
Singapore adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow begins his bid for the Guinness World Record's longest scuba dive on Friday.
The current record of 212 hours 30 minutes was set in 1986.
Khoo literally went underwater at 3.34pm in a special mineral water tank...