In 2014 for the first time I came face to face with a Monk Seal just off Madeira Divepoint Home Reef


 Madeira Diving from Madeira Divepoint in Madeira 2014

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A useful publication which provides a comprehensive identification of marine species a diver is likely to meet off Madeira is:

Boyra A, Espino F, Tuya F, Frietas M, Haroun R, Biscoito,M, Gonzalez A, (2008) Guia de Campo 365 Especies Atlanticas Pub: OcveanoGrafica  ISBN: 978-84-612-3473-8  The publication is in Spanish, Portugese, English & Dutch.

Madeira Diving from Madeira Divepoint in Madeira 2015

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This was the year of the Stingrays. On one drift dive from Atalaia we saw in the region of 20 -30 rays. I caught this one on camera opposite as it took off in alarm from the sandy bottom raising its venomous tail spine in defence. These can inflict a very painful wound but this is rarely life-threatening. This photograph is taken from side-on, never swim close over the top of a stingray!

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