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Diving update: Incidental sightings and volunteer training

By 2 years ago
Categories Yucatan

Diving in Pez Maya is incredible, almost every dive is different with “incidental” sightings becoming more frequent – turtles, stingrays, lion fish and morays are making those dives so much more exciting! The highlight of last week, however, was when we encountered a pod of bottle nose dolphins in the reserve! 
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This week there has been a big variety of different types of volunteer training dives; the Advanced Open Water dives are taking place with the newly welcome volunteers who quickly adapted to the life here on base. The oldies have now moved on to Fish Spotting/Sizing, Coral Community (looking at the health of the reef such as abundance of coral diseases), Point Intercept (to see what type of coral/organisms the reef consist of) and Practice Monitoring (learning how to use the tools for monitoring fish/coral on a 30m transect line).

 

The interns and other volunteers who have signed up for the Rescue course spent the last week-and-a-half saving lives! We had a lot of fun, acting out as panicked divers splashing around in the water, as the rescuers discovered their strength and pulled unconscious divers from the sea into the boat or up the beach. Bad weather on Friday meant we actually got to finish our training in a cenote in Tulum. It was great to experience a completely different diving environment, with new, freshwater species to discover.IMG_0624

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