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'In the months of March to April in Lopez Matteo grey whales come to the lagoons to raise their new-born calves - showing them how to dive and survive before they make their journey back to the cold waters of Alaska.

'I understand the ecology and animal behaviour and can predict how an animal might react to me and how I should behave around it myself. I have never had a bad interaction with an animal, it's more so the wild weather to watch

ughed. 'I was diving multiple times a week discovering local shore dives around the coast, but we would head out on a boat to see the best places - seal colonies, caves, islands, rocky reefs and kelp

There are many occasions when you'll need to adjust your mask strap and so ensure that you find the mask easy to adjust. If you wear gloves when diving then make sure you can adjust it quickly and easily with gloves on. And while on the subject of mask straps, remember to always carry a spare – it is one of the more common equipment failures and the lack of a spare may mean you have to remain on the boat when everyone else is enjoying the submarine world.

et it! I go to extreme lengths to get what I want. In a car, on assignment in Peru with the Hunk photographer (my life sounds so exciting, when at the moment the highlight of my day is watching Kirstie Allsopp sew buttons on to lampshades), he suddenly asked our driver to pull over. Yikes! He got out and led me to a rickety wooden tower. ‘If we climb to the top, we'll be able to see the Nazca lines that could only have been made b

Those are the most important factors to consider both when buying a new scuba mask or using rental equipment from a dive centre. By ensuring a good fit you ensure your own comfort and safety while a combination of the other factors will mean you get many happy years of service from your scuba mask.

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This is purely a matter of personal preference and you may not have any preference at all. The traditional colour for masks, and all dive equipment in fact, was black due to the use of neoprene. These days silicone is used instead for masks, which is more flexible and less susceptible to sun damage. Silicone can be supplied transparent or in  a multitude of shades due to the use of colouring agents, but many people still choose black. However, some people claim masks made with transparent silicone give better visibility due to the greater amount of light allowed to enter.

wind 'For people who may fear the ocean or have no desire to leap in, I find they seem to appreciate my pictures and the view I bring to such different critters in their natural world, as opposed to seeing them in a fis

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iens!' So, despite my fear of even standing on a chair, let alone a stepladder, I let him lead me to the top, me clinging on for dear life, feeling giddy, head spinning. I didn't get him, as we all know. But I've just got a text from him; at least I think it's him, given the country code. It's been in my inbox for a week, but I haven't had the courage to open it. It's like when I (rarely) get an email from the National Lottery, saying, ‘Congratulations, you have won a prize!' I once let that sit for six months, the only rubber ring in the swamp of my life. When I eventually logged on it turned out to be £2. I will open the text next week, I promise. Maybe once, just once, I will be one of the winners in life. Not an

High quality scuba masks feature a silicone skirt that thins towards the edge, allowing for a better and more comfortable fit against the skin of the face. Often you'll see a second skirt inside the upper edge of the skirt that allows a better seal. Its absence at the bottom is to allow water to drain more easily from inside the mask.

imes When I was 11, newly enrolled in Brentwood County High School for Girls, we were encouraged to have a French pen pal. The teacher had a pile of letters from a school in Brittany, with little black and white passport photos of the girls. When you have almost any issues relating to where by in addition to the way to make use of Scuba Diving Gear, you can contact us at the page. I chose Chantal, as she was the prettiest: long, dark hair, big eyes. I duly wrote to her in careful French, attaching my own photo: greasy hair with split ends, an awful round-necked regulation sweater over a white shirt. I posted the letter. Hurrah! My firs

Poor.' I've gone up for numerous TV jobs. I'm a Celebrity… I went to loads of meetings about this, and even a fortnight before filming I'd receive calls saying, ‘Are you still free? Have you got your passport?' only to be usurped by Lorraine Chase at the last minute. I was up for something to do with being abandoned on a tropical island without a can opener and sunscreen by Bear Grylls; the producers eventually said no as I have ‘too many psychiatric issues'. There was an older woman's dating show set in Greece called Our Shirley Valentine Summer. The TV execs grilled me for ages about this one, ‘Are you absolutely sure you're single?' they said, given I was still hot with David. ‘YES! YES!' I lied. I'd have dumped him to get cast. I was up for Celebrity MasterChef but was told that, being vegan, I wouldn't get past the inven