Technicians analyze housing orca found dead in southern Santa Catarina

26 10 2010

An orca of about seven meters, in advanced state of decomposition, was found on Sunday afternoon (23) in Balneario Rincon, in Içara in southern Santa Catarina. As the animal was found in a remote area, it was not necessary to interdict the area.

On the morning of Monday, the Department of Environment Prefecture Balneario Barra do Sul has sent officials to the scene to examine the animal.

According to the department, experts in biology, University of Joinville, Univille should go to the beach to assess better end to the housing orca.

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Diving points – Santa Catarina

22 04 2010


Santa Catarina
has incredible potential for diving. Its coastline is beautiful, with crystal-clear waters and teeming with marine life.

Highlights
Bombinhas/Florianópolis
– Despite political restrictions, there are incredible, not to be missed dives.

Florianópolis and the town of Bombinhas, sixty kilometers away, are the starting-points for the region’s most important dives. When the Arvoredo Biological Reserve was closed again in 2003, Bombinhas was most severely affected. The town lost its main points on Galé Island and tourists ignored the town.

Local diving  operators now take over two hours to sail to the permitted area in the south of Arvoredo. They have to share the acess points with those of Florianópolis.

Parcel do Boi

One of the best dives on the southern end of Arvoredo. The reef begins roughly ten meters deep and the mounds rise to seven meters above the surface. At its deepest aprt, to the southwest, there is a scattered wreckage and a great variety of sea life. Large schools of open water fish such as amberjack and anchovies. Turtles are also often found.

Saco do Capim

This saco or cove gets its name from the characteristic grass growing in this part of the island, one of the best know locations. The bottom is overgrown by zoanthids. In the most sheltered part lie the debris of the Granada, an old wooden-hulled fishing vessel that sank after engine failure. Seahorses and green turtles are often found.

Saco do Batismo

The most sought-after site for those about to make their first dive, and yet one that can surprise even the most experienced divers. The rocky seabed makes cavers where angelfish and crevasse-dwelling shoals are found. Turtles can be seen at rest, in the direction os Saco do Capim.

Baía das Tartarugas

The seabed is made up of several ledges. This is one the best place on Arvoredo for observing turtles. Divers will sometimes also find large schools of sea bass. One of the region’s most interesting caverns lies between this bay and Engenho Bay.

Baía do Engenho

There was a sugar mill here once, and the bay also was a refuge for fishermen. It has since become an ideal training area for all levels of divers. There is a shallower part, some eight meters deep, where the rocks meet the sand. It gets as deep as eighteen meters toward the light house, and larger fish can be found there. Take care, however, with the strong current that drags the diver toward the lighthouse.

Baía do Farol

Facing the Navy supply-base for the lighthouse. The seabed is almost entirely rocky and overgrown with soft coral (sea fans), and very large Atlantic and common Groupers can be seen.

Ponta do Farol

This is the deepest dive in the reserve. The currents are often very strong, but the view is well worth it. A huge rock face, teeming with enormous open water fish. Be careful, though: the speed of the currents is often proportional to the beauty of the rock formation.

Source: Brazil Diving Guide





Diving in the Arvoredo’s Archipelago

1 09 2009

Ilha do Arvoredo

The Marine Biological Reserve of Woodland, north of the island of Santa Catarina, is the point most coveted southern coast of Brazil.

Since it was reopened to visitors in 1997, after seven long years of prohibition, the Fed gives the woods a show of diversity and preservation. Parade in the waters catarinenses rare corals, sponges, zoanthids, seahorses, brothers, butterflies, fish, barracuda, lobsters, turtles, fish-trobetas, stingrays, ciliaris, crabs, jellyfish, Salem, whiting, marimbaus, grouper, fish, bat.

Formed by the islands of the woods, Wales, and Desert Pebble St. Peter’s, the site is one of the only marine biological reserves in Brazil and has a beautiful area covered by tropical forest vegetation.

Is sought for diving by great biodiversity and the presence of rare species to extinction as sea turtles, yellow sponges, gorgonians, or even the stingray and dogfish. In the region there are several diving schools that offer diving with a complete security and professionalism to provide an unforgettable experience.

Photo: Clicrbs

Source: Clilcrbs





Whale Watching in Santa Catarina, Brazil

30 06 2009

 

Whale watching season in the state of Santa Catarina goes from July to November. That’s when southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) leave Antarctic waters, where they spent the summer, to mate, give birth and nurse their young off the coast of this southern Brazil state. Sightings reach a peak between the second half of August and the first half of October.

The Santa Catarina coast has traversed a redeeming historical path from whaling hub to preservation model. The carcass of the last southern right whale killed in the area was brought to the shores of Imbituba in 1973. When whale hunting in Brazil was finally forbidden in 1987, there were no more whales in the area.

Thanks to environmentalist efforts, southern right whale population has been growing steadily. The old whaling station on Praia do Porto, Imbituba, was converted into the Whale Museum.

See full article including a Whale siting map and other tips here.