Our wetnotes section is full of stories from above and below the sea, with many contributions from valuable members of the diving community and beyond. We bring you the latest news on what really matters to you, and to us.
Deciding what to wear for a dive is often difficult, especially if it is a new environment to you. Getting the warmth level right can make or break a dive. We asked five of our Dive Pioneers and Ambassadors what they would typically wear for each dive location...
Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Iceland, where rugged terrain meets crystal-clear waters, lies a dive site that seems like a slice of paradise for adventure-seeking souls – Davíðsgjá. On a recent expedition to this remarkable location, we had the privilege of immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of Lake Thingvellir, and we took our flagship drysuit, the Argonaut 3.0, along for the ride.
Fourth Element has teamed up with ARRI (Aerial Recon and Recovery Initiative) to fight ghost gear. ARRI is a project dedicated to the study of abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and its impacts on marine ecosystems. They use aerial surveying via drone, coupled with action by local recovery and recycling teams, marine conservation organisations and dive centres, to restore coastal marine environments.
Henley Spiers explores the dense bloom of zooplankton in Shetland at night. Plankton lies at the base of the aquatic food chain, fundamental to the more celebrated life that sits above it. It takes two forms: phytoplankton is composed of microscopic plants, whereas zooplankton is formed by tiny animals.
Inspecting us with their powerful click (sonar), we'll either be accepted into the sperm whale's pod, sharing some truly unforgettable moments; or they'll simply leave, plunging far into the deep or swimming hundreds of metres away...
Once Alyssa found herself asking an utterly unexplainable question, of which no amount of literature could solve, she'd created an itch that simply couldn’t be scratched. And so, as anyone would, she enrolled herself in a Ph.D. program in pursuit of the answer.
Drysuit and dive gear on - she's off to solve mysteries somewhere beneath the surface.