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Dive into the Azores with Regaldive for an all-round adventure

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For adventurous types looking for a dive holiday and more, UK based diving holiday specialist Regaldive recommends a visit to the Azores. Home to nine exotic islands offering world renowned diving and exciting above-the-water activities, there’s plenty to keep even the most adventurous travellers entertained. What’s more, for those who don’t want to travel far, the islands are located just three and a half hours flight from the UK, making the Azores the ideal getaway for those with little time to spare.

Below the water, the Azores are famous for their labyrinthine tunnels, canyons and arches which have been etched out by ancient lava streams. Divers can hope to encounter at least 25 different pelagic species including blue and mako sharks, spotted, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, turtles, rays, and even whale sharks. Beaked whales, sperm whales, humpbacks and false killer whales can be spotted from the surface. Highlights include the bubbling hydrothermal vents and 100 metre MV Dori wreck off the coast of Sao Miguel; the challenging dive sites of Ilheus das Formigas and Dollabarat Banks close to Santa Maria; the well-known exposed site of Princess Alice Bank off Pico Island, and the intriguing anchor graveyard off of Terceira.

Once on dry land, divers can immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage and wide diversity of the islands. With each island having its own unique charm, days can be spent climbing volcanoes, cycling through picturesque landscapes, exploring gardens, relaxing in hot springs, learning about the islands’ maritime history, taking to the water on a whale watching trip, visiting cosmopolitan marinas, tasting delicious local produce and exploring World Heritage Sites.

Regaldive offers dive holidays on the islands of Sao Miguel, Pico, Terceira and Santa Maria.

A seven night stay at the Hotel Talisman on Sao Miguel cost from £641 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation. A four dive dive pack costs from £114 per person.

A seven night stay at the Hotel Caravelas on Pico costs from £913 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation. A four boat dive pack costs from £123 per person.

Seven nights’ at the Hotel Do Caracol on Terceira cost from £921 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation. A six shore dive pack costs from £142 per person.

A seven night stay at the Hotel Colombo on Santa Maria costs from £946 per person, to include flights, transfers, seven nights’ B&B accommodation and 10 dives.

The Azores islands are well suited to twin centre island combinations and with flexible scheduled and charter flights available, Regaldive can plan your itinerary for the optimum Azores experience.

For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.

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Join us in supporting Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder Project

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Do you have a moment to help protect our oceans?

We’re on a mission and have partnered with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to help protect our oceans for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a unique EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE initiative, reaching over 3,000 schools with their Ocean Education Programme, inspiring the next generation to protect our oceans for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

At the heart of the project is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. They will take the learning from the classroom straight to the shores of Porthkerris on a 6-day, life changing trip where they will learn to scuba dive and be taught the importance of marine conservation. They will become ‘Ocean Influencers’ for the future.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL needs our help.

Can you join us with a gift to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

Whether it’s £5 or £50, a gift from you to the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL Crowdfunder Project will help their vision of protecting our oceans through the innovative experience designed for school children.

Will you join us and pledge to support 400 lucky teenagers learn from and EXPERIENCE the ocean like never before and give them an EDUCATION they can use to inspire others, not forgetting the memories that will last a lifetime?

For more information, you can read the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL story HERE.

Help us create the next generation of Ocean Influencers with a donation to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL and ensure our oceans (and planet) are protected for the future.

WWW.CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK/P/DIVE-PROJECT-CORNWALL

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Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

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Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project asks beachgoers to share their discoveries and contribute to research

The Marine Conservation Society’s long-running wildlife sightings project focuses on two key species which arrive on UK shores: jellyfish and, as a result, turtles. Both species are vital in supporting ocean biodiversity and are indicators of climate change while being at risk from its impacts.

The charity is asking beach and seagoers to share when they spot either of these marine animals to support ongoing research.

During spring and summer, jellyfish arrive in the UK’s warming waters to feed on plankton blooms or, in fact, anything small enough to get caught. To that extent, jellyfish feed not only on plankton, but also the array of eggs and larvae of fish, crustaceans, starfish and molluscs which rely on plankton as a stage of reproduction.

With healthy fish stocks and rich biodiversity, jellyfish quickly become part of an effective food chain. Everything from tuna to turtles will feed on jellyfish of various sizes, so the population is well controlled. Supported by a rich and diverse ocean ecosystem, jellyfish link the microscopic world of plankton to larger marine animals and the ocean around them.

Jellyfish are especially appealing for marine turtles. Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species have been spotted in UK seas as a result of jellyfish blooms in spring and summer.

The largest sea turtle, and the most common in UK seas, is the leatherback which has a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status. Reporting sightings of these incredible creatures will support the Marine Conservation Society and others in understanding their movements, potential threats and how to better protect them.

Amy Pilsbury, Citizen Science Project Lead at the Marine Conservation Society, said:“For more than 17 years, beachgoers across the UK have been contributing to scientific research by sharing their wildlife sightings with us. It’s a key part of our work and plays a vital role in better understanding and protecting our ocean.”

In 2014, with partners from the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society published the first paper from the survey data, confirming key information about UK jellyfish and including the first distribution maps of the surveyed species.

Since the 2014 paper, the wildlife sightings project has recorded notable events such as massive and extensive annual blooms of barrel jellyfish and several summers of Portuguese Man o’ War mass strandings.

The charity continues to run its wildlife sightings project to see what happens to the distribution and frequency of mass jellyfish blooms over time. The data will help to explore any links jellyfish blooms have with big-picture factors such as climate change.

Jellyfish can be spotted year-round in UK seas, but larger blooms are more likely to appear in spring, lasting through until autumn. Jellyfish sighting records from 2021 suggest that compass jellyfish are the most common around UK shores, making up 36% of reported sightings.

Jellyfish species Percentage of sightings reported
Compass jellyfish 36%
Moon jellyfish 17%
Lion’s mane jellyfish 15%
Barrel jellyfish 14%
Blue jellyfish 9%
Portuguese Man o’ War 6%
Mauve stinger 2%
By the wind sailor 1%

For more information on how to identify jellyfish and turtles, and to report a sighting, please visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website.

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