en surface

English translation: on the surface (of the sea) / on the sea surface

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01:42 Apr 28, 2018
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tourism & Travel / Charlevoix tourist destinations
French term or phrase: en surface
Information about various tourist destinations in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

"L’exploration de la région par les eaux du Saint-Laurent et le parc marin est le meilleur moyen de découvrir une biodiversité marine unique au monde. Tous les moyens s’offrent à vous dans votre quête : vous pourrez choisir de rester ***en surface***, en kayak, Zodiac ou en excursion d’observation des baleines."

TIA
Wyley Powell
Canada
Local time: 01:26
English translation:on the surface (of the sea) / on the sea surface
Explanation:
"En surface" would be "above ground", but in this case is on the sea surface, as I understand.

Good luck!

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Note added at 14 hrs (2018-04-28 15:44:10 GMT)
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As we know "absolutes are not attainable", and thanking all the helpful comments, agrees and neutrals, I am including a couple of self-explanatory links.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aire_marine_protégée

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_marin_du_Saguenay–Saint-L...

N.B.: I would probably refer to the estuary waters as "the sea water", although strictly speaking is were the river meets the sea.

At any rate, "on the surface," as noted, would suffice. :-)
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JohnMcDove
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Local time: 22:26
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +2
on the surface (of the sea) / on the sea surface


Explanation:
"En surface" would be "above ground", but in this case is on the sea surface, as I understand.

Good luck!

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 14 hrs (2018-04-28 15:44:10 GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

As we know "absolutes are not attainable", and thanking all the helpful comments, agrees and neutrals, I am including a couple of self-explanatory links.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aire_marine_protégée

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parc_marin_du_Saguenay–Saint-L...

N.B.: I would probably refer to the estuary waters as "the sea water", although strictly speaking is were the river meets the sea.

At any rate, "on the surface," as noted, would suffice. :-)

JohnMcDove
United States
Local time: 22:26
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Terry Richards: Yes, probably as opposed to diving. The next sentence probably talks about that.
2 hrs
  -> Thank you very much, Terry. :-)

neutral  Victoria Britten: Except that the St Lawrence is a river, so "on the surface" suffices
3 hrs
  -> Ah, minor detail! Thank you for pointing that out! You're absolutely right on that! :-)

agree  Tony M: As Victoria says, just "on the surface".
5 hrs
  -> Thank you very much, Tony. :-) By golly, you're right!

neutral  writeaway: yes, exactly the same in English and definitely a river: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lawrence_River -over-translation can be dangerous
6 hrs
  -> Yes, indeed! Thank you for pointing that out and for the reference. I should never forget my favorite Indian Blackfeet tautology - "The way to cross the river is to cross the river" :-)
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