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Tenerife – Up Close With Dolphins

It was a little bit of a surprise to me to find out that Tenerife is one of the best whale watching sites in the world.  However, it is and about a third of all whales and dolphin species can be present in Canarian water.  This includes four resident species – bottled nosed dolphins, Risso dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales.  There are can also be up to 21 migratory species, including, Northern Right Whales and Blue Whales. So when our family holiday this summer was booked for Tenerife I had in the back of my mind “I wonder...

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Harbor Seals at Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma County

In a previous post I wrote about Bodega Bay; it’s now time to travel a little further North along the meandering coastal road to Goat Rock Beach. This beach is on a sand spit formed where the Russian River flows into the sea. It’s actually wedged in between the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean, just below the town of Jenner. It only takes about twenty minutes to reach Goat Rock Beach which is one of the many ocean beaches that form part of The Sonoma Coast State Park. A flock of Pelicans keep me company as I drive...

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California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

I asked a friend recently for some ideas for things to do and places to see outside the City of San Francisco. He suggested heading out towards Bodega Bay. Bodega Bay is situated about forty miles Northwest of San Francisco and is a very pleasant drive. You head out over the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101 and if you’re like me you’ll come off at the first possible chance and head cross country. I passed through some lovely small towns and villages, which gave me a geniune warmth for the area. On arrival at Bodega Bay I found...

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Canada – Bear watching in Tofino

In the summer of 2013 we travelled to Vancouver Island, where we stayed in Tofino for a few days. Tofino is well known for its great surfing spots, rugged coastline and wildlife. We went for 2 tours while staying in Tofino: the whale watching tour and the bear watching tour. I could recommend both tours, but we were truly impressed by the bear watching tour and I’ll tell you why. The bears that are living on Vancouver Island are a subspecies of the American black bear, the Vancouver Island Black Bear (Ursus americanus vancouveri). They live in the forested...

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Puffins on the Isle of Staffa

The Isle of Staffa is a beautiful and uninhabited (approximately 80 acres) small rocky island off the west coast of Mull that is home to a fascinating and comical seabird – the Puffin. These small little birds are often called sea parrots because of their vivid colours. To get to the Isle of Staffa, you have to take a ferry. There are important colonies of seabirds that breed on Staffa and as you approach the island during the summer months, you will notice the variety of birds flying to and from the island.  It is home to hundreds of...

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Mashpi – The remarkable story of the saving of a rainforest

In a previous article I described Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve in Ecuador.  It showed you just some of the remarkable, diverse and unique nature here. It is part of the Chocó rainforest that runs North from Ecuador through Columbia and into Panama. In this article, part 2 you could say,  I want to tell you of the remarkable story of how the Mashpi Reserve came to be saved from the loggers. 95% of the Chocó in Ecuador has been destroyed but the story of Mashpi’s rescue from the loggers is an up lifting conservation story and gives one hope for the future...

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