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Marine Mammals

Marine mammals come in all shapes and sizes ranging from the blue whale which can measure up to 30m (98ft) and weigh 180 metric tonnes, to the sea otter which can grow up to 5ft in length and weigh 70lbs. As with size, lifespan also varies hugely but the bowhead whale is thought to live past 200 years! Due to the variety of creatures in this group they can be found worldwide in open oceans and surface waters. The gray whale migrates more than 10,000 miles each year, the longest migration of any mammal

Where to see Marine Mammals

Mammals are a special group of animals with a combination of characteristics that separate them from all others: mammals are warm-blooded, have hair or fur, breathe air through lungs, bear live young, and nurse their young with milk produced by mammary glands.

Marine mammals have the same characteristics as all other mammals, but have adapted to living all or part of their life in the ocean. To keep warm in the ocean, most of them depend on a thick layer of blubber (or fat - like many humans!). They have streamlined bodies to help them swim faster. To be able to stay under water for long periods, they store extra oxygen in their muscles and blood but they do have to surface occasionally unlike their fishy friends. They also have more blood than land mammals in proportion to their body sizes, can direct their blood flow to only their vital organs (such as their heart and lungs), and can slow their heartbeat down so they are using less oxygen in a dive.

For those looking to swim or dive with some of the largest creatures in the oceans, there are some 120 varieties of ocean-dwelling mammal or ones that depend on the ocean for food with five main groups: pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, fur seals, and walruses), cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), sea otters, sirenians (dugongs and manatees), and polar bears. Probably of most interest to divers and non-divers alike are the cetacean species and encounters with these in our oceans are experiences never to be forgotten.

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, is one of the few places on earth that at the right time of year you are guaranteed encounters with Whale Sharks.

Bazaruto Archipelago

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

The most striking feature of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is its remote untouched beauty.

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Vanua Levu

The remote dive sites of Vanua Levu offer something for all divers. Namena Marine reserve for diving and stunning hotels for sleeping!

Mt Otemanu, Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Crystalline turquoise waters, pure white sand, swaying palms, cobalt blue sky… add to all this the colourful and exotic culture of the Polynesians, plus a twist of French, and you have something truly special.

Tikehau

Tikehau

The main islet of Tikehau isn’t much to look at – it’s a remote coral atoll whose flat surface never rises more than a few inches above sea level. But don’t be fooled by appearances: it’s worth coming here for the diving alone. What’s more, just a 15-minute boat ride away is the small private motu that is home to the luxurious Pearl Beach Resort.

Archipelago, Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast. And home to our favourite dive in the world, Neptune's Arm.

Picture of Clown fish Zanzibar

Zanzibar

While it may not offer the best diving in East Africa, Zanzibar is well worth a visit. Not least for a visit to the magical Mnemba.

Green Coastline, Seychelles

Seychelles

Incredibly beautiful above the waves, the Seychelles is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday off the beaten track.

Turtle Waving

Galapagos Archipelago

Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.

Coral in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Beach Umbrella, Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Pristine Similan Islands Beach, Western Thailand

Western Thailand

Off the western coast of Thailand, a group of islands called the Similans are home to the very best diving that can be found in Thailand. Here you can find whale sharks, mantas and other large pelagics.

Pyramids in Giza, Egypt

Egypt

Egypt has vast historical and cultural aspects, and also offers world class diving, all within striking distance of Europe.

Azores Aerial

The Azores

The Azores offer world-class diving; we think the best in Europe. It also offers some amazing activities around its volcanic scenery.

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