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Get inspired by Shark Week with Regaldive

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For those who have been searching for a truly exhilarating dive experience, then this week’s ‘Shark Week’ will have no doubt offered a heap of inspiration. For divers who are now eager to dive with some of the planets oldest and most fascinating creatures, then UK diving holiday specialist, Regaldive, is on hand to help.

For experienced divers looking to travel short-haul, the Azores are home to fascinating dive sites, challenging dive experiences, and of course, a whole host of sharks. The islands are one of the best destinations in the world to get up close and personal with Blue and Mako sharks, but are also home to an exciting array of sub-tropical fish, underwater arches, tunnels, caves and cliffs. The Blue and Mako sharks can typically be found around a seamount approximately 20 miles offshore, allowing divers to explore the best of all the Azores have to offer along the way.

Seven nights’ at the Hotel Talisman in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, cost from £649 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation, based on two people sharing. A four boat dives dive-pack costs from £109 per person, to include air tanks, weights and weight belt.

For those looking to travel further afield, the warm waters of the Philippines are frequented by various sharks species. Malapascua Island in particular is one of the few places in the world where divers have a high chance of seeing the rare Thresher shark. These shy and usual creatures are regularly spotted at ‘Shark Point’, along with the occasional Hammerhead shark and Manta Ray. Elsewhere, divers can explore the Tapilon Wreck, believed to be a WW2 Japanese Cargo wreck that was torpedoed, and the Dona Marilyn cargo wreck.

Seven nights’ at the Ocean Vida Resort on Malapascua Island cost from £1,199 per person, to include flights, transfers and seven nights’ B&B accommodation, based on two people sharing. An eight dive dive-pack costs from £186 per person, to include air tanks and weights.

For further information, or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call 01353 659 999.

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Invitation from The Ocean Cleanup for San Francisco port call

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6 years ago, The Ocean Cleanup set sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with one goal: to develop the technology to be able to relegate the patch to the history books. On 6 September 2024, The Ocean Cleanup fleet returns to San Francisco bringing with it System 03 to announce the next phase of the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and to offer you a chance to view our cleanup system up-close and personal.
We look forward to seeing you there.

To confirm your presence, please RSVP to press@theoceancleanup.com

PROGRAM

Join The Ocean Cleanup as our two iconic ships and the extraction System 03 return to San Francisco, 6 years and over 100 extractions after we set sail, to create and validate the technology needed to rid the oceans of plastic.
Our founder and CEO, Boyan Slat, will announce the next steps for the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Giving you a chance to view our cleanup system and the plastic extracted.
Hear important news on what’s next in the mission of The Ocean Cleanup as it seeks to make its mission of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic an achievable and realistic goal.
Interviews and vessel tours are available on request.

PRACTICALITIES 

Date: September 6, 2024
Press conference: 12 pm (noon)
Location: The Exploratorium (Google Maps)
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), San Francisco, CA
Parking: Visit The Exploratorium’s website for details.
RSVP: press@theoceancleanup.com
Video & photo material from several viewing spots around the bay

We look forward to seeing you there!

ABOUT THE OCEAN CLEANUP
The Ocean Cleanup is an international non-profit that develops and scales technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. They aim to achieve this goal through a dual strategy: intercepting in rivers to stop the flow and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean. For the latter, The Ocean Cleanup develops and deploys large-scale systems to efficiently concentrate the plastic for periodic removal. This plastic is tracked and traced to certify claims of origin when recycling it into new products. To curb the tide via rivers, The Ocean Cleanup has developed Interceptor™ Solutions to halt and extract riverine plastic before it reaches the ocean. As of June 2024, the non-profit has collected over 12 million kilograms (26.4 million pounds) of plastic from aquatic ecosystems around the world. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup now employs a broadly multi-disciplined team of approximately 140. The foundation is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and opened its first regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2023.

Find out more about The Ocean Cleanup at www.theoceancleanup.com.

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SHARK MONTH ARRIVES AT ROYAL WILLIAM YARD, PLYMOUTH

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A shark has been spotted approaching Royal William Yard in Plymouth, much to the surprise of swimmers, paddleboarders and onlookers.

With its distinctive dorsal fin cutting through the water, the sizeable shark swam along the coastline, before turning to head inland towards Firestone Arch at Royal William Yard. The appearance drew a crowd, who were captivated for more than an hour by the unusual sight – and it was all caught on video.

The shark is one of many expected sightings at Royal William Yard over the coming weeks… because today marks the start of Shark Month!

In reality, the ‘shark’ spotted along the Plymouth shoreline was actually a custom-made model, created by the team at Royal William Yard and sailed underwater by Caroline Robertson‑Brown​​​​ from the Shark Trust, who donned scuba diving gear for the occasion.

The stunt took place to launch Shark Month in style and draw attention to the work of the leading international conservation charity, which is based in Britain’s Ocean City. Spectators were reassured that the water was safe and many entered into the spirit of the performance, swimming or sailing alongside the shark.

Shark Month will take place across Royal William Yard throughout July and will feature an extravaganza of art, entertainment and advocacy for everyone to enjoy. The packed programme of events starts with an art exhibition and ends with a trip on paddleboards with shark experts – with everything from a shark quiz to a Jaws screening in between.

Paul Cox, CEO of the Shark Trust, said: “There are often assumptions and misconceptions when it comes to sharks. This was certainly the case with the shark spotted at Royal William Yard! While the British coastline is home to many species of shark, this was not one of them. However, we’re thrilled it caught people’s attention, because seeing a shark is a special and memorable moment. That is precisely why we want to celebrate these incredible creatures, highlight the need for conservation, and ask for help to safeguard their future.”

For more information about Shark Month at Royal William Yard, visit the Shark Trust Website.


Images and video: Jay Stone

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