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British Divers Marine Life Rescue launch new Seal Watching Guide

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Over the last few months British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) have been working with their colleagues in the Seal Alliance coalition of seal conservation groups to produce a new nationwide guide to ‘Watching Seals Well’ when people are out and about on the coast, to get the best experience observing seals in their natural habitat while preventing disturbance as much as possible!

Disturbance of seals at haul out sites from people, dogs, boats, kayaks etc approaching to closely and noisily, is one of the biggest threats seals face in this country, with many places experiencing chronic, repeated incidents multiple times per day (or hour!), which is causing cumulative levels of stress and wasted energy, but also injuries and potentially separating pups from their mums as seals stampede into the sea for safety, which sadly sometimes results in them needing to be rescued.

The BDMLR’s brand new leaflet, which can double as a poster, will be shared out around the country to be distributed in strategic locations to help raise awareness of this nationally important issue with these consistent shared messages from our groups in the Seal Alliance, and also endorsed by the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

You can download the leaflet as a pdf file by clicking here.

Lets put and end to this easily preventable problem together, and give our seals and other marine wildlife more respect!

With thanks to Seal Protection Action Group, Ythan Seal Watch, St Mary’s Island Wildlife Conservation Society, Yorkshire Seal Group, North Wales Seal Research Organisation, Friends of Horsey Seals, The Seal Project and Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust.

To learn more about the work of BDMLR visit their website by clicking here.

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DIVING talks 2022: 4 great reasons why you should attend!

European DTA Team

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International Dive Show DIVING talks 2022 takes place from 6-9 October in Troia, Portugal. Here’s four great reasons why you should attend…

1. The ‘Talks’ and the Speakers

What do you get when you have in the same room Dr Alessandro Marroni, Dr Óscar Camacho and Dr Simon Mitchell? Undoubtedly an incredible amount of knowledge in diving physiology and hyperbaric medicine. If you are a diver, you know the value of such a debate.

What do you expect to see in a Bill Stone presentation?

Wouldn’t you like to discuss with Thomas Stachura, Leigh Bishop or Armando Ribeiro their findings underwater in the expeditions that led to the discovery and identification of new shipwrecks?

2. The Exhibition: brands and trials

It’s about talking with ‘who knows’ and testing that piece of equipment even underwater if you want!

Friday, October 7, is BRANDS DAY. Try dive the Mares SCR Horizon, test your preferred scooter, and more. Bring shorts or a swimming suit. This is happening in the swimming pool. Join us on October 7. Diving Talks is also Brands Day!

3. DIVING talks is a family/ partner friend event

You don’t need to leave your family or partner behind. 

If you want to attend, transform this trip into a partner or family trip to Portugal. There are many things they can do while you enjoy the Talks.

It is not that you need to have something planned. The peninsula is such a fantastic site to enjoy; there’s the beach if you want to relax by the sea, there are trails you can check out, or you can relax by the pool.

4. YOU CAN ACTUALLY DIVE!

If you have free time and want to explore Portugal underwater, DIVING talks can be the pretext for a ‘stay and dive’ side-program.

Diving talks partnered with Portugal Dive, a boutique dive concierge that organizes dive trips to Portugal; the mainland and in the Azores and Madeira archipelagos.

Diving recreational or technical, you can expect the European Atlantic’s most transparent waters full of life, schools of fish, the big pelagic, and even monk seals: all that and wrecks, inland caves, you name it.

Opt to arrive one-week earlier or leave one-week later, and chose the stay and dive program for your type of diving and preferences.

For more information, contact Arlindo Serrão via e-mail: arlindo.serrao@portugaldive.com or check out the following links:

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Jeff chats to… Ana Filipa Sobral, Founder of The Manta Catalog Project in the Azores (Watch Video)

Jeff Goodman

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Ana Filipa Sobral, Founder and Project Leader of The Manta Catalog Project in the Azores.

Ana Filipa Sobral is a marine biologist and conservationist based in the Azores Islands. She moved to the Azores in 2011 and once there, realised that this was one of the few places in the world where Sicklefin Devil Rays (Mobula tarapacana) gather in large groups, making it a strategic place to study them. She started the The Manta Catalog Project and through this project, collects photo ID and occurrence data on Mobulid Rays, with the precious help of divers and dive operators as citizen scientists.

Ana is also finishing her PhD which focuses on population genetics and connectivity of migratory elasmobranchs in oceanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The main goal fueling my research has been to help fill the knowledge gaps on elasmobranch biology and ecology to ultimately assist in the design of effective conservation and management plans aimed at protecting their populations in this remote region of the North Atlantic Ocean.

You can find out more about Ana’s important work at: https://mantacatalogazores.wixsite.com/mobulaid/project.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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