A new Podcast dedicated to interviewing some of the biggest names in Freediving has arrived.
The Freedive Cafe has been launched by passionate Freediver Donny Mcfarlane who is based in Taiwan. Each episode of the Podcast features a 1-2 hour interview with freedivers from around the world including Tim Oehmigen, Daan Verhoeven, Per Jennische, Stig Pryds and Stéphane Tourreau.
They talk about everything from technique, passion, inspiration, and ocean conservation.
Find out more at the Freedive Cafe website or subscribe via your favorite Podcast platform.
Jeff chats to… Breathwork Practitioner Hannah Goodman (Watch Video)
Swimming and snorkelling with Manatees
We love manatees. And November is traditionally Manatee Awareness Month – a time to celebrate this iconic marine mammal and create awareness of the challenges they face. In this post, our friends at Effortless Outdoors share the manatee love and also some info on many of the best destinations to swim and snorkel with them around the world…
Manatees are really gentle, delightful sea creatures and getting a chance to see them up close should be on the bucket list of anyone who enjoys diving and snorkelling. They’re big beasts (typically weighing around half a ton) and they tend to move really slowly, making them ideal for underwater viewing.
They spend around 6-7 hours a day grazing, eating up to 15% of their body weight every single day. They use their front flippers for feeding; first using them to crawl along the ground, then for digging out plants and finally for scooping the vegetation into their mouths. It’s a pretty unique and involved way of feeding and very charming to watch.
These awesome creatures can live up to sixty years. They are highly intelligent, capable of understanding discrimination tasks and associated items with one another. They have good long-term memory and have often been compared to dolphins concerning their capacity to learn tasks and develop mentally.
Populations of manatees are fairly low. Although they have no natural predators, they are threatened by human activities (they are often killed by ship accidents, as well as red tide and the accidental ingestion of fishing materials). The West Africa and Amazonian manatees are very rare. And scientists estimate there are about 13,000 West Indian manatees with their status modulating between ‘endangered’ and ‘threatened’.
West Indian manatees range up and down the east coast of the Americas (as far south as Brazil and as far north as Virginia) with many of the best viewing spots being well-served for those wanting a manatee experience.
Check out this post about the best places to swim and snorkel with manatees.
Want to read more about manatees? Check out Nick and Caroline’s magical manatee encounters in Crystal River, Florida in the latest Autumn 2019 issue of Dive Travel Adventures HERE!
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