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Make Father’s Day Gift-Giving Easy, Adopt-A-Manatee®!



A naturally, notable gift this Father’s Day is a manatee adoption from Save the Manatee Club. The thoughtfulness and kindness behind giving a unique present to dad is certain to be a special moment on his well-deserved day.

Check out 34 manatees up for adoption at the Club’s website at Doc, Rocket, Howie, Gator, Flash, Floyd, Margarito, Nick, and Merlin are just some of the popular male manatees in the adoption program. New to the Club’s Blue Spring State Park manatee adoptees is Una, who was rescued as an orphan in 2003. She was released and gave birth to several calves over the years. Una was rescued again because of fishing line entanglement on both flippers. Once treated she was returned to the wild. All manatees in the Club’s adoption programs are real, living manatees with known histories, like Una.

It costs $25 to adopt a manatee for Father’s Day, and dad will receive a color photo, biography, and adoption certificate, along with a membership handbook, plus a year’s membership in Save the Manatee Club. He’ll receive the official printed newsletter, The Manatee Zone, four times a year, as well as the Club’s e-newsletter, Paddle Tales, throughout the year. Adopt at the $35 level and get a free exercise towel, another special surprise for dad. Shipping is free if mailed within the United States.

Young sisters Kasin and Karson from Georgia chose to adopt Gator for their dad last Father’s Day from Save the Manatee Club’s Blue Spring adoption program. Together with their grandmother, Patricia Stone Sanders, they had searched how to help the manatees. When they saw that “Gator” was available on Save the Manatee Club’s website, it was an easy choice because their father, mother, and grandparents grew up in Florida, and their dad is a University of Florida graduate. All are ardent Gator fans, however, the girls claim their dad is the biggest Gator in the house.

Dad loved it!” declared Kasin and Karson when their dad, Kevin Obarski, had received his Father’s Day present. According to their grandmother, Kevin especially liked that the girls made the gift count by helping to “sustain these wonderful creatures for the future.”

Adopt-A-Manatee® for Father’s Day by visiting Save the Manatee Club’s website. Visit the Club’s online catalog for additional gift ideas for dad.

Follow the Club using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest , and Instagram . Watch manatee videos on YouTube.

Save the Manatee Club is an international nonprofit 501(c) (3) manatee conservation organization, co-founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida. The Adopt-A-Manatee® program helps raise funds to support the Club’s various conservation efforts, which include education and public awareness projects and extensive conservation work to protect Florida’s official state marine mammal and its aquatic habitat.

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…



Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email to book your spot!

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