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Book Review: Wild and Temperate Seas

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Wild and Temperate Seas by Will Appleyard

A review by Jeff Goodman.

During these times of Covid-19 and travel being greatly restricted, it’s timely to be looking at dive sites in your own country. You will probably be very surprised at the diversity and wealth of wildlife and wrecks that your own patch has to offer. For those of us in the UK there is a perfect guide to fifty of those sites by Will Appleyard called ‘Wild and Temperate Seas’.

The first thing I usually do when looking at a new book is flip casually through to see what the images are like and was very pleased to see that the photos in this book were of a very high standard, not only in terms of quality but also content. That established, I could now comfortably settle down to read the book properly.

‘Wild and Temperate Seas’ guides us to fifty stunning dive sites in the UK. From wrecks to reefs, sea caves, lochs and other spectacular habitats and destinations. The dive sites are beautifully photographed and described with the help of Kirsty Andrews, Dan Bolt, Jason Brown, Jake Davies, Alex Gibson, Stuart Philpott and Elaine Whiteford. The journey starts in South West England and finishes up in North Roba and Sula Sgeir, north west of the Orkney Islands.

Each site is meticulously described and researched, and showcases not only the exciting dives available in the UK but also the abundance and variety of marine life held by our shores. Next time you are planning a UK dive adventure, do plan it with the help of this book. Even if you are diving somewhere local that you have visited many times, it is quite probable that this guide will reveal more to the area than you previously knew.


About the author

Will Appleyard communicates his passion for adventure through his photography and writing. The author of Discover UK Diving and Dorset Dives, he is regularly commissioned for magazines, adventure-based platforms, adventure outfitting and travel brands – www.willappleyard.com.


Wild and Temperate Seas by Will Appleyard is available now in paperback from Divedup.com, online and from retailers. ISBN 978-1-909455-34-4  | 176 pages | 234 × 156 × 10 mm

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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Film Review: Thirteen Lives

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Ron Howard’s recreation of the 2018 rescue of a Thai junior football team is impressive. Even though we know what happens in the end the tension and drama played out is palpable.

On 23 June 2018, 12 members of a Thai junior football team, the Wild Boars, and their coach became trapped deep in the Tham Luang cave system by rising flood water. The film details the incredible international rescue efforts that ensue. And Ron Howard has judged the tone perfectly. There is no Hollywood glitz and glamour and the two leading actors: Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen, who play John Volanthen and Rick Stanton respectively, capture the intensity of the situation perfectly.

The diving scenes are claustrophobic in the extreme. Although I suspect that the visibility was even worse than the film depicts as you have to be able to see something in the dramatization! All the way through the film I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at the extraordinary feat these divers pulled off. The skill and bravery required still impresses after watching films, hearing them speak in public and reading about the rescue.

I loved that, whilst the divers took centre stage in the film, the heroic rescue efforts of the water engineer and his team was also given the attention they deserve, as well as the incredible Thai Navy Seals and the thousands of people that flocked to the region to help.

Thirteen Lives is a must watch movie about an incredible cave rescue. It’s sober tone hits the mark. The cinematography is skilled and creates an impressively tense experience. It is available on Amazon Prime right now.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Underwater Photographer Elaine Whiteford

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Gemma and Ian chat to Elaine Whiteford. Elaine learned to dive in 2002 and qualified as an Instructor (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) in 2005. She is based in Scotland and dives all year round in the North Sea and the sea lochs of the Scottish west coast. A photographer before she was a diver, taking pictures underwater was a natural development for Elaine, who was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society with a portfolio of underwater images.

She has had articles published in a range of magazines, both general interest and diving, including Scottish Wildlife, Diver, The Undersea Journal, The Sea, BBC Wildlife and the Scot’s Magazine. Her work has also featured in a number of exhibitions, such as the Royal Photographic Society’s Projected Image Exhibition, the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography and the Scottish Parliament’s Biodiversity Exhibition. She had a solo exhibition, Scotland’s Waters Brought To Life, in Stirling’s Smith Museum. Her images have appeared in a range of books and she is a contributor to Wild & Temperate Seas, 50 Favourite UK Dives, which was published in November, 2020.

Elaine was shortlisted in the 2020 Scottish Nature Photography Awards and her image appears in the Portfolio Yearbook which was published in the autumn of 2021.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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