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Diving in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, a country full of dykes, dams and waters, is not necessarily the traditional dive destination. However, in the old and murky waters, where it is recommended to use a torch and wear thicker wetsuit, wonderful underwater parks full of ancient wrecks will amaze you. The mecca of diving in this country is Zeeland with lake Oosterschelde as the most attractive dive spot. Lakes and rivers and the North Sea coast with interesting marine species make it worth diving here in both freshwater and saltwater.

Panheel is the diver’s El Dorado in Holland, just over the german border near Aachen. It offers possibilities from the beginner to the experienced diver. Many gadgets such as an Apache helicopter, a pirate ship (completely submerged), atc, specially made for the lake and sunk.

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Dive site Kerkweg in Den Osse is one of the most famous dive sites in Zeeland. Here you can dive from the jetty on oyster beds, an artificial reef of reefballs and many other hard substrate that is nicely overgrown. The maximum depth is about 30 metres, but you will find most life in the shallow water.

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A nice dive site with an easy to follow dive path and many underwater objects, such as wrecks, cars, two training platforms and even an old cannon! Visibility varies throughout the year but is generally good.

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Zoetersbout is an accessible dive site in the Oosterschelde, there is virtually no current here, but it can be felt at the head of the dike. You dive along an overgrown dike wall with eels, lobsters and galatheak lobsters as permanent residents. Dive between the weeds and discover the underwater life here.

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The Bergse Diepsluis, also known as Oesterdam or the Thoolse Gat by local divers, is a very accessible site and enables divers to get acquainted with the wonders of the Oosterschelde National Park. This site has little to no current due to its location, making it an ideal spot for beginners.

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This is an ideal dive site to turn your weekend dive into a family trip. It is located near a beautiful beach with swimming area, public toilets, and even a water playground.

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Zeeland Bridge can be called the most popular dive site on the Eastern Scheldt. Especially in the sepia season (May-June) this site is very popular among divers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany.

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This dive site is not subject to tides, so you can dive here all day long. From the stairs, you can dive both to the left and to the right. On the right is the pumping station, which is very nicely overgrown and sometimes produces attractive images for macro photographers.

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A 20 min drive from the city center of Arnhem there is this lovely fresh water lake. With a maximum depth of 36 meter and a slow slope at the entry of the site it is a great divesite for beginning divers and more advanced divers.

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Zandeiland 4 is one of the most beautiful and diverse lakes to dive into in the Netherlands. From objects in the diving zone to larger depths for more technical dives. The facilities are good and you can park close to the water. Diving requires a permit that you carry with you. You can buy this in the shop.

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Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

The bass is a perch-like fish encompassing many different species, both marine and freshwater. He can be found in lakes, streams and rivers all around the world, are one of the most popular game fish, and a favorite catch for fishermen. The largemouth bass is probably the most well-known and includes big mouth, black, largies, bucketmouth, wide mouth, and green bass, just to name a few.

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Hechte sind Süßwasser Raubfische, die mit ihrem länglichen Körper, der spitzen Schnauze und den großen, scharfen Zähnen leicht zu identifizieren sind. Sowohl ihre Rücken- als auch ihre Afterflossen sind weit hinten am Schwanz angesetzt, wodurch sie noch länger erscheinen, als sie ohnehin schon sind. Diese gefräßigen Jäger sind sowohl in Nordamerika, Europa als auch in Nordasien beliebte Wildfische. Das Tauchen mit Hechten ist ein unvergessliches Erlebnis, da sie recht groß werden können und mit ihren blass- bis leuchtend gelben, bohnenförmigen Flecken am ganzen Körper, und ihren leuchtend orange bis rot gefärbten Flossen unter Wasser sehr hübsch sind.

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The carp originated as an ornamental and aquaculture fish in China but has spread as an invasive species worldwide. In fact, the common species has now spread to inhabit all continents in the world except Antarctica. Ironically enough, native wild populations in Asia are actually considered vulnerable to extinction yet are highly destructive and abundant in waters in other parts of the world where it’s not supposed to be found.

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One of the more beautiful types of freshwater fish, trout is the common name for a large number of different freshwater species closely related to salmon. They live exclusively in freshwater lakes and rivers and come in a wide variety of colors that change based on their environment, making them masters at camouflage. Preferring cool, clear streams and lakes, they can be found in waters averaging 10-16 degrees C (50-60 degrees F) so if you want to go diving with trout you better bring a thick wetsuit.

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Perch are a famous freshwater game fish, with many species resembling it; however, there are only three actual species which occur in different geographical areas around the world: Europe, Asia, and North America. They are abundantly distributed in freshwater lakes throughout these regions and are popular for both sport fishing and for food. They are easily identifiable by their somewhat long, rounded bodies, two dorsal fins of which the first is spiny and the second soft, and black vertical stripes.

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Catfish is the common name given to any fish in the order Siluriformes and are one of the most widely diverse and abundantly distributed species on the planet, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Most of them live in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds with the exception of a few saltwater species. They are easily recognizable by their barbels on the upper jaw and, sometimes, snout and chin, which look like the whiskers of a cat, giving them their name.

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When you google the word ‘salmon’ you won’t find a bunch of data on the species itself, but hundreds of delicious recipes as it is one of the most desired fish for eating around the world. It is the common name for any species of fish in the Salmonidae family, most of which occur naturally in North American waters, 5 in the Pacific Northwest and one in the Atlantic. Two occur only in Asia, the masu and amago, but they have been introduced into non-native environments in other parts of the world such as the Great Lakes of North America and the Patagonia of South America.

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Pipefish are considered cousins of the seahorse, being classified in the same family as both seahorses and dragonfish, Syngnathidae. These small fish have many similarities and differences when comparing the two. Like seahorses, they have a long snout and some species also have prehensile tails that allow them to grab onto seagrass and coral. Unlike seahorses, pipefish have straight bodies and can be much stronger swimmers.

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