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Daily Scuba News Round Up 24-30 March 2019

Sunday 24th – Man charged with keeping Great White Shark 

A San Diego man has been charged with catching and keeping a great white shark. Bodi Dee Roberts, 21, in America caught a great white shark that he then tried to keep in captivity which is a tad naughty and not the smartest thing he’s ever done. Bodi is now facing four misdemeanour charges from the San Diego District Attorney, Unlawful taking of a white shark without a permit, unlawful possession of game, deterioration/waste of fish and destroying or concealing documentary evidence.

Monday 25th – Italian warship located after 77 years

The Giovanni Delle Bande Nere was sunk in 1942 by the British submarine HMS Urge. Sadly 370 of her 507 crew members died when it was struck by two torpedoes and the ship was instantly split in two. The strike was a part of the British campaign to block supplies routes in North Africa.

Tuesday 26th – Divers protest Earhart Expedition’s final dive

Two divers from Papua New Guinea are bent out of shape after their 17-year mission to find the final resting place of Amelia Earhart they have been kicked out of the final dive. Amelia Earhart was a famous American aviation pioneer and during her second attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937 she went missing somewhere east of PNG where many believe her plane crashed into the ocean. 

Wednesday 27th – The Victory Is Open Of Business!

Three years ago the Maldives best known wreck the Victory was closed due to the fact that they were building the first inter-island road bridge which links Male and Hulhule. During the construction the wreckage and reef nearby sadly was the casualty of extensive damage, the local diving community was so worried that the construction work will cause even more damage to the wreck.

Thursday 28th – Groupers made into underwater sentinels

Harbour Branch associate research professor Laurent Chérubin is working on the fact that Goliath Groupers use their swim bladders to make low frequency sounds when spawning, attracting mates and sometimes when they are approached by scuba divers.

Friday 29th – Man gets eaten by a whale 

A group of divers set off to document a sardine run east of Cape town when events took a surprising turn. The team at Dive Expert Tours has split up into two groups and started to document a natural event which sees gannets, penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, and sharks come together to capture and eat rather large quantities of fish.

Saturday 30th – Fisheries Spent $60,000 in legal pursuit 

Yes, you read the title correctly, a crayfish diver has told how he came close to having a breakdown after fisheries spent an estimated $60,000 and four years pursuing him through the courts over a disputed $1000 fine.

So this mess all started from an incident in November 2014, Bret Carter was diving with two friends in Shoalwater Marine Park. Fisheries officers watched on as his two diving buddies boarded the boat with a bag of snared crays.

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