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Hunting for Fish

When crossing the Channel and sailing in Britanny, quite often we encountered the northern gannet (Basstölpel, Morus bassanus) far away from land. It is native to the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and breeding in Western Europe. They search for food during the day, generally by diving at high speed into the sea. Birds that are feeding young have been recorded searching for food up to 320 km  from their nest. They dive for fish from between 11 and 60 m. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_gannet)

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The common tern (Fluseeschwalbe, Sterna hirundo) we observed at the river Odet at Marina Benodet, South Brittany.  They fed by plunge-diving for fish in the river. When seeking fish, they flied head-down. They circled or hoverd before diving.coconutmilk-de-4482

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Diving and Snorkeling

Diving and snorkeling is not so easy on the Cape Verdian Islands. You have to overcome vicious shore breaks and currents. Wet suits are recommended.

Underwater, however, you may enjoy coral reefs, 639 species of fish including Mantas, sharks and turtles. (Which we did not see, unluckily).  More Information: Stewart, Murray. Cape Verde (Bradt Travel Guides)

Porta da Faya: Spectacular Valey

Brava – or ‘wild’ Island – is small island with a gentle, communal old style way of life. It may only be reached by boat. Porta da Faya is an anchorage with a fertile and spectacular  valey. A natural pool allows swimming between wave-battered rocks. More information: Stewart, Murray. Cape Verde (Bradt Travel Guides).

 

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