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Space-Age scuba suit enables divers to go deeper



A space-age scuba suit that enables scientists to dive and stay beneath the water’s surface at depths of 1,000 feet or more will have its first test this summer in the ocean off Nantucket.

The suit, known as an Exosuit, is on exhibit until Wednesday at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Scientists there say it will bring ocean exploration to a new level, going beyond the mini submarines that have been used to explore deep unchartered waters to collect marine life from its natural habitat.

The 530-pound aluminum alloy suit has rotary joints at the hands, elbows and knees and a bubble helmet mask. The suit’s handgrips enables scientists to touch and grab marine life and provides a 50-hour life-support system with communications with a surface vessel.

“For the first time, I will be able to get out into the water and experience marine life and actually touch it,” said John Sparks, 50, a curator at the museum’s ichthyology department. Sparks, who is not a diver but has been training for the excursion, said he is especially excited about the suit’s foot power thrusters that will help maneuver him through the ocean waters.

Scientists this summer will test an Exosuit off the coast of Nantucket where waters plummet 10,000 feet. “This is blue water. There is no bottom,” said Michael Lombardi, 31, the museum’s diving safety officer and marine biologist who will also test the suit.

“We are at a crossroads of diving technology,” said Lombardi. “This is a form fitting space suit. You are in a shell with all this technology that works with you.”

Scientists hope to gather a new jelly fish species with a visible luminescent light they hope to reproduce for medical research in helping to track cell movements in the human body.

Using Exosuit to collect these bioluminescent species in their natural environment will allow scientists to freeze them for research at the lab.

“Our access to these deeper waters [up until now] has restricted our ability to investigate the behavior and flashing patterns,” said Sparks. Before Exosuit, divers could only see them when they emerged in shallow waters, when their luminescence is not as intense.

Now with Exosuit, scientists can study them for several hours watching and documenting their lighting patterns with video and high-definition images, all in their environment, said Sparks.

Ultimately, the suit will give divers the chance to work in some places where no human has gone before. “Underwater exploration gives opportunities to be the first person in that environment and that is a very humbling experience,” Lombardi said.




Murex Bangka Announce New Oceanfront Cottages & Beachfront Dining



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Located on a private, palm-fringed, white sand beach and surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs that are bursting with colour and teeming with life, Murex Bangka Resort is a haven for scuba divers. A stay at Murex Bangka gives divers the opportunity to experience a virtually untouched, Indonesian tropical island paradise.

This stunning resort that harnesses solar power, is committed to sustainability and marine conservation – is now offering divers even more home comforts with the completion of its new Premium Oceanfront Cottages and a new restaurant offering exciting indoor and al fresco dining experiences.

NEW Premium Oceanfront Cottages

Murex Bangka Resort offers a duplex style and two detached Premium Oceanfront Cottages which are positioned close to the ocean and are just steps away from the beach.

These tastefully appointed and spacious air-conditioned rooms offer comfortable indoor living and large verandas with outdoor seating. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available and all Premium Oceanfront Cottages feature large ensuite bathrooms with twin basins.

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As well as the detached cottages, the duplex option offers two more individual premium living spaces. For families and groups of friends, the two adjoining duplex cottages and the shared adjoining common living room area may be opened up – making this an ideal and generously proportioned for option for families and groups who prefer to stay closer together.

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  • Large verandas with ceiling fans
  • Ensuite ocean view bathrooms with hot water rainfall showers
  • AC throughout the night
  • Minibar
  • Dressing table/desk area
  • Ample storage
  • King size or twin beds with mosquito nets
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Ample wall sockets for charging accessories
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Shared common/living area (Duplex Cottages)

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New Beachfront Dining

After a day of diving, guests can now kick-back, relax and enjoy flavours from around the world in Murex Bangka’s new beachfront restaurant. As well as serving a la carte dishes from the inspiring menu, diners can enjoy both buffet and family-style offerings.

Dishes combine the freshest of local ingredients and include options for a range of dietary preferences and restrictions. Bangka’s new menu has been carefully curated with the assistance of an internationally renowned food and beverage consultant and there is a focus on combining traditional classics with more contemporary international plates.

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The new and impressive free standing main restaurant allows guests to dine just meters from the shore while enjoying beautiful beach and sea views. Three meals a day are on offer as well as an enticing selection of specialty coffees, teas, mocktails and cocktails. A wine menu is also available and a cold beer (or beverage of your choosing) makes for a perfect way to end the day while watching the sunset over the ocean.

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Book Your Stay

If you would like to find out more about Murex Bangka or to make a reservation, contact: or take a look at the Murex Resorts website:

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Oceanic+ Dive Housing Awarded the Red Dot Product Design Award 2024




Oceanic, a pioneer in scuba diving technology for over 50 years, announces that its Oceanic+ Dive Housing has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Red Dot Design Award. This esteemed recognition underscores Oceanic’s commitment to innovation and excellence in product design.

The Red Dot Award is an internationally renowned accolade, celebrating exceptional design quality and innovation across various industries. Each year, thousands of products from around the globe undergo rigorous evaluation by an expert panel of judges, with only the most outstanding designs receiving this esteemed award.

The Oceanic+ Dive Housing impressed the jury with its sleek and functional design, seamlessly integrating with both Apple Watch Ultra and iPhone devices to transform them into fully functional dive computers. This innovative product not only enhances the diving experience but also exemplifies Oceanic’s dedication to providing cutting-edge solutions for divers worldwide.

“We are thrilled to receive the 2024 Red Dot Product Design Award for the Oceanic+ Dive Housing,” says Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “This accolade is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence in design and technology in the dive industry. We are immensely proud of our team’s hard work and commitment to innovation.”

The Oceanic+ Dive Housing joins the ranks of previous Red Dot Award winners, reaffirming Oceanic’s position as a leader in the dive industry. This prestigious recognition further solidifies Oceanic’s reputation for delivering exceptional quality and performance in its products.

About Oceanic

Founded in 1972 by industry-pioneer Bob Hollis, Oceanic is a global dive leader committed to providing innovative, reliable, accessible and easy-to-use dive equipment to recreational divers so they can focus on what matters most: exploring the underwater world and appreciating the wonders of marine life. For over 50 years this philosophy has been woven into everything Oceanic does and is the foremost reason the company is considered a best-in-class, recreational dive brand. Oceanic is one of Huish Outdoors’ premier dive brands. To learn more, please visit

Sea & Sea is the home of Oceanic and other leading diving brands in the UK. 

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