Want to explore the deep blue sea and spot the world’s most amazing creatures? Luckily, you don’t have to travel to the Great barrier reef in order to see them! There’s some amazing marine life just a short flight away, and seeing these creatures in their natural habitat really is something that shouldn’t be missed.
Turtles in Tenerife
You might not think it, but Tenerife is one of the top places in the world to indulge in a little whale or turtle spotting. There are loads of species that call this Canary Island home or that simply pass through the turquoise waters on their way elsewhere. You can take a boat trip and try to spot blue marlin, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales. Or plunge beneath the waves to encounter sharks and rays, as well as a host of smaller colourful fish and creatures.
Exotic marine life in Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh is famed for its amazing dive sites. It’s said to rival even the Great Barrier Reef for beauty and the abundance of species – from graceful scorpion fish to fearsome eels and hawksbill turtles. The thing that sets this Egyptian resort apart, though, is the chance to get up close and personal with a number of species of shark. You can take a day boat to the Straits of Tiran, which are home to four reefs. Jackson Reef is the one to spot sharks at. The most impressive sight is the schooling hammerheads between July and September!
Snorkelling in Madeira
Head to Madeira and set out on the open seas to spend some quality time with dolphins, whales and seabirds in their natural habitat. Just take on of the boat rides that go to the top locations for viewing these magnificent creatures on their home surf (sorry). The catamarans often stop to let passengers snorkel, sometimes in near dolphins, and always with the chance to see turtles and other underwater fauna.
Turtle Beach in Cyprus
Cyprus is known for one kind of creature in particular: the turtle. Kyrenia, in the north, is well worth a trip as it’s where you’ll find Alagadi, or ‘Turtle Beach’. It’s here that the endangered green and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. If you head to the Goat Shed study centre at nightfall, you might be lucky enough to be taken to see the hatchlings make their way to the sea. Meanwhile, Paphos, in the south, has innumerable dive sites with a world of reefs and sea life. So you’ve got more than enough when it comes to marine wonders.
Explore beneath ‘The Rock’ in Gibraltar
The Strait of Gibraltar is packed with large marine mammals, with the pilot whale by far the most popular. But if you’re lucky, you’ll have some sightings of minke, sperm and fin whales – and even amazing killer whales. If you take a dive down ‘The Rock’ you’re sure to see shoals of mullet, mackerel and sardines. While hidden in the reefs are moray and conger eels, octopus and massive spider crabs. So what are you waiting for?!
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