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The secret of how the mako shark swims so fast lies in its flexible scales


“Passive bristling” reduces drag, much like the dimples on a golf ball.

Mako sharks can swim as fast as 70 to 80mph, earning them the moniker “cheetahs of the ocean.” Now scientists at the University of Alabama have determined one major factor in how mako sharks are able to move so fast: the unique structure of their skin, especially around the flank and fin regions of their bodies. The team described their work at the American Physical Society’s 2019 March meeting this week in Boston. Read more

April 12, 2019 |

World’s Top 10 Airports 2019

Divers take note, the world’s 10 best airports have been unveiled. And fortunately for us 6 of the Top 10 are gateways in SE Asia home to many of the World’s Best Dive Destinations.. The Skytrax 2019 World Airport Awards gave Singapore’s Changi Airport the crown for a history-making seventh year running with more than 5,000 arrivals and departures each week across 80 different airlines. Read more

March 28, 2019 |

Mysterious new orca species likely identified

At the bottom of the world, in some of the roughest seas, live mysterious killer whalesthat look very different from other orcas.

Now, for the first time, scientists have located and studied these animals in the wild. The orcas are “highly likely” to be a new species, says Robert Pitman, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more

March 20, 2019 |
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