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Guide to Scuba Diving around the World
Guide to Scuba Diving around the World

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The Red Sea Diving Guide to Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Eritraea and Israel
Why, when and where to go for world class diving
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/redsea/
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Marine Life Heaven in Baja California
The Sea of Cortez is one of the most fertile seas in the world. Cold water upwellings - when cold, deep-water, currents collide with underwater peaks and are forced upward - bring with them nutrients from the depths to mix with the oxygen-rich surface water. The sea is home to an immense variety of species, from tropical creatures in the south to cold water ones in the north.

It also boasts what researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography have called the most robust marine reserve in the world.

The sea temperatures from La Paz south are 21 to 29 oC all year round. The visibility is best from July to October. November to March has the coldest water. To see whale sharks you need to go during algal blooms in Spring and Autumn. Manta rays and schooling hammerheads arrive during late summer and early autumn.

One of the youngest seas - its formation beginning 25 million years ago - the Sea of Cortez is one of the world's largest really deep gulfs. A profusion of marine-life and some spectacular scenery make the diving in Baja fantastic.

Read more at http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/baja/
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At least some of them were alive
Indonesia: Law enforcers recover 38 poached sea turtles, six of them dead

Indonesian police arrested five fishermen last week for trafficking 38 sea turtles from an important nesting site in the archipelago country’s eastern waters.

Six of the turtles were dead. The reptiles had been taken from Enu Island, at the heart of the 114,000-hectare Southeast Aru Nature Reserve in the Arafura Sea.

Enu’s white-sand beaches are home to the area’s richest turtle nesting grounds, but the creatures’ numbers have fallen sharply as poachers harvest their meat and eggs, a delicacy in some countries, and shells and skins, used to make jewelry, tourist souvenirs and other objects.

The government will continue its public awareness campaign to promote turtle conservation, said Brahmantya Poerwadi, a director at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Read in full on Mongabay.com at https://news.mongabay.com/2017/03/law-enforcers-recover-38-sea-turtles-in-eastern-indonesia/

#Indonesia #Enu #turtles #reptiles #poaching

Image: The captured sea turtles (c) Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
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Mako shark makes a 5000-mile sprint to South Florida in just 142 days http://buff.ly/2lGFwg1
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More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, says Ellen MacArthur http://buff.ly/2mnJB95
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World class scuba diving in Brazil
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/americas/diving-brazil.html
Brazil has 7490 km of coastline, but perhaps the best diving is 350 km (220 miles) off the north east coast at Fernando de Noronha. This mountainous archipelago comprises 21 sparsely populated islands. A national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Fernando de Noronha boasts warm water; caves, caverns and tunnels; spectacular rock formations and many, many reef and pelagic creatures.

Another good diving area is Laje de Santos Marine Park, near Sao Paulo in the south. This is famous for masses of manta rays.

São Pedro & São Paulo (not to be confused with the mainland city of the same name mentioned above) is a small and isolated oceanic archipelago located in the equatorial mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a hotspot for pelagic fish like sharks and may serve as a stopover during large-scale migrations. Most of these species gather at the archipelago between January and June.

You might see whale sharks in coastal waters from Ceara to Rio Grande do Sul States and at oceanic islands, like the archipelagos of Fernando de Noronha, Sao Pedro & Sao Paulo and Trindade. The best time to see them in Sao Pedro and Sao Paulo is from January to June, probably due to food availability.1

Brazil is a very big country, only slighly smaller than the USA. It shares borders with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Recently there have been protests in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. The British Government's advice is to avoid all protests and demonstrations and take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

On entering Brazil you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You'll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
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Turkey's Derya Can shatters Guinness World Record for longest #freedive under ice http://buff.ly/2lFKwDs
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Whales finding safer passage http://buff.ly/2kMY9xH
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