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Explore the underwater world off the Welsh coast in Wales Best of the West

JD Scuba

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Explore just a few of the incredible shore dives that are found along the West Wales coast. This trailer for the forthcoming bilingual Wales Best of the West (Cymru Gorau’r Gorllewin in Welsh) series, showcases shore dives from the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales down to Pembrokeshire in South Wales.

Diving the locations both day and night reveal the diverse range of species and habitats found below the waves off the Welsh coast along with plenty of exciting new encounters and techniques to reveal more underwater secrets.

Wales Best of the West is an exciting new series from Dan Dŵr Cymru – a Welsh based independent natural history production company, specialising in underwater natural history, maritime history and storytelling with extensive local knowledge of filming marine life and scuba diving off the Welsh coast. Scubaverse contributor Jake Davies is one of the team that also includes Lloyd Jones and Ollie Putnam.

Huge thanks to Dan Dŵr Cymru for letting us share this trailer and the complete series that will be available in the New Year (2021).

You can find out more about Dan Dŵr Cymru (Under Water Wales) at https://dandwrcymru.wordpress.com.

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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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Jeff chats to… Arlindo Serrao, Founder of PortugalDive.com about diving in Portugal, The Azores and Madeira (Watch Video)

Jeff Goodman

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Arlindo Serrao, Founder and General Manager of PortugalDive.com. They talk about diving in Portugal, The Azores and Madeira, as well as The Diving Talks International Diving Congress 2022.

Arlindo describes himself as “a father of three, a cave diver, and I love to share what Portugal, the Azores archipelago and Madeira islands have to offer.”

“After 25+ years working in multinational companies, I decided to start doing it for fun! I founded Portugal Dive, the “We worry, You dive!“ concept: a boutique dive concierge that organizes group and solo trips for guests to experience Portugal’s underwater highlights on the mainland and in the Azores and Madeira. More recently I founded Diving Talks, an international diving congress that brings Portugal divers, explorers, scientists, researchers, to share with the diving community their most recent subaquatic achievements and discoveries.”

Find out more at www.portugaldive.com and www.divingtalks.com.


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

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