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    Booking liveaboard on spec

    I heard that sometimes people used to show up at Ushuaia in Argentina with the hope of getting on a cruise to the Antarctic from there. Sometimes it worked, and they got very good deals, other times...
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    Frustrating when you are using up your holiday...

    Frustrating when you are using up your holiday time and probably paying quite a bit of cash. I suppose if you book via an agent, at least the agent has a reputation to maintain, even if it doesn't...
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    I suppose that a lot of liveaboards are owned by...

    I suppose that a lot of liveaboards are owned by relatively wealthy individuals in poorer countries. The credit card companies don't want to take the risk of accepting their business in case of...
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    Anyway, I found the Swiss package travel...

    Anyway, I found the Swiss package travel regulations: https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/1993/3152_3152_3152/en

    They define an Organiser, who in my case would be the operator of the boat, and a...
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    I would always try to use a credit card where I...

    I would always try to use a credit card where I can so that I can get my money back if things don't work out. It's just an issue where I'm paying an agent to book me tickets with an operator. I have...
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    Yes, and book with an agent registered in the EU...

    Yes, and book with an agent registered in the EU or UK so that you know the package holiday directive applies.

    I booked a trip with a Swiss travel agent. It was described as:

    "Snorkel with up...
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    "(5) In these Regulations, subject to paragraph...

    "(5) In these Regulations, subject to paragraph (6), a “package” means a combination of at least two different types of travel services for the purpose of the same trip or holiday, if—

    (a)those...
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    They generally wouldn't apply would they? Mostly...

    They generally wouldn't apply would they? Mostly you book a place on a liveaboard and your flights separately.

    I once met some people who had booked on a yacht trip from Ushuaia to the Antarctic...
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    Legal Situation when booking a LIveaboard

    Has anyone given much thought to the legal position when you book a place on a liveaboard?

    Just about all sites that I can see that allow you to book on a liveaboard state in their terms that they...
  10. Thread: Cape Verde fish

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    Cape Verde fish

    Can anyone tell me what this fish is please? From Boa Vista, Cape Verde

    https://i.ibb.co/wsYjQy9/CV-fish.jpg

    And this tuna

    https://i.ibb.co/qscwHNM/Tuna.jpg

    Thanks
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    Some more photos here. It's really quite...

    Some more photos here. It's really quite impressive to see the mosaics underwater. http://www.learnedtraveller.com/naples-and-aeolian-islands-201/naples-and-aeolian-islands/
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    OK, maybe the last picture is a white seabream in...

    OK, maybe the last picture is a white seabream in front with Salema Porgy behind.
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    Thanks. 1,3 and 4 agreed. For the second photo...

    Thanks. 1,3 and 4 agreed. For the second photo the fish in front looks quite different as it has two bands. There is indeed a fish called the Two banded seabream which occurs in the Med, so I think...
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    Yes, it's Roman. I'll post some more photos once...

    Yes, it's Roman. I'll post some more photos once I've got the fish sorted out.
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    Italian Fish ID, please

    Can anyone identify these fish for me please? The first was taken in the Aeolian Islands, the others just out of Naples. All in September.

    Thanks.

    https://ibb.co/i9XAq0
    https://ibb.co/dmE1xf...
  16. I think the first fish is a Barred Hogfish

    I think the first fish is a Barred Hogfish
  17. They're kind of blotchy white and grey.

    They're kind of blotchy white and grey.
  18. I felt that they were perhaps a bit larger than...

    I felt that they were perhaps a bit larger than Bottlenose Dolphins. Given the light colour of the skin and the shape of the fins, I reckon they were Risso's Dolphins in fact.

    Grateful if you can...
  19. Can anyone identify these for me, from the Azores?

    https://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=667819&d=1531154227

    https://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=667832&d=1531162359
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    Madeira Fish ID help please

    Can anyone help me identify the fish I photographed on a recent trip to Madeira https://postimg.org/gallery/19ioaekag/? Some of them I have tentatively named, but I might be wrong.

    Many thanks.
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    Thanks. I should have started with that website...

    Thanks. I should have started with that website instead of my book.
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    Fish ID Dominican Republic

    What's this fish from the Dominican Republic? I've been through my Collins Coral Reef Fishes guide and me left with no idea.

    https://s23.postimg.org/xqla5pozv/18_Seargant_Major_49.jpg
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    And another...

    And another https://s31.postimg.org/58ro8t6yj/Chromis_Axiliaris.jpg. Thought it was Chromis axiliaris but that's supposed to be at between 60 and 80m which I certainly wasn't. Looks quite a bit like...
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    It was about a foot long so my guess is a sea...

    It was about a foot long so my guess is a sea cucumber. I'm not aware that nudibranches get that big.

    Two more here https://postimg.org/gallery/325p7suuw/78005065/

    And I've posted some slightly...
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    Many thanks. I've been using the Collins Coral...

    Many thanks. I've been using the Collins Coral Reef Fishes guide to identify the fish I've seen. It doesn't even show Rainbow Runners as occurring in the Indo-Pacific although clearly they do.

    On...
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