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Songkran

The world famous water festival, which is the celebration of many Asia countries new year, including Thailand, where it is celebrated for 5 days during April, the 13th marking the date of the New Year.Songkran2012

The traditional celebration includes the pouring of herbed and fragranced water over each other to purify one of any sins for the coming year, it however has become more of a extravagant party over the years as cultures have evolved, the meaning still remains, but let’s just say the methods by which people are cleansed has become more outrageous.

The underlining factor of a worldwide water shortage, and the mass amounts of fresh water that is wasted during these 5 day celebrations, must be something we need to think about in preparation for next year.  As global warming changes our climate creating more long periods of drought for a lot of South East Asian countries, is the wasting of such quantities of water practical each year.f1-7-Songkran-2007

One can agree that traditions must be upheld, however at what cost to our survival, the celebration can still go on but maybe there are methods by which we can use sea water, or simply save rain water just for that occasion.  Just think how we can’t live without water.Save 4 Songkran poster

Charity Valentine Auction

Over the years we have looked at many ways to raise money for charity, that would still be fun and exciting to the audience, sponsored swims, and shaves, even quizzes, however I can proudly say that from the photos and the total amount raised that our pre valentine auction has topped all our expectations.  The event took place the night before valentine, as the catch line, was to buy or be bought by your valentine sweet heart for the following evening of romance.One of the many Bachelors

The event was in aid of two charities, one local and one global, both of which will put the funds to great use. Our local charity was the Koh Tao Noistar Animal Clinic, with only one registered vet and assistant, paid on a basic salary, the clinic always welcomes donated funds, which can help improve the facilities available, for not only the homed but, also the many homeless animals on Koh Tao. We thank them constantly for the great job they do.Koh Tao Animal clinic receiving their donation

The global charity we chose was Sea Shepherd, a well-known organisation that prides itself in doing what others can’t in order to save the lives of innocent wildlife.  In specific the funds raised will be going to the Cove Guardians segment of the organisation, their role, well to publicize constantly the barbaric acts that happen for 9 months of the year at Taiji Bay Japan, where thousands of dolphins are either captured for life imprisonment or butchered for their meat.

As the event was a great success I would like to personally thank the community for pulling together,

Thanks guys you did a great job and we applaud you.

 THANKS!

http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians/Sea Shepherd logo

 

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/

Shark Guardian Big Blue presentaion

Here at Big Blue we had the great privilege of having Brendon from Shark Guardians, visit us and give our staff and customers a highly educational and influential presentation on the importance Sharks have in our delicately balanced ecosystem and how, as divers we can help their efforts to protect and preserve these marvellous creatures, from near extinction.Brendon giving Big Blue staff and customers a presentation, on work they day.

Sharks have been evolving for over 400 million years, and are one of the oldest predators within our oceans, branching into over 400 different species, of which a quarter of those species are classed as endangered or extinct by the ICUN database.

Working alongside organisations like the Shark Guardians, we aim to help preserve and protect these iconic apex predators, as an ocean without sharks would be a very unhealthy ocean, they keep everything in check, they are literally ‘Our Ocean Guardians’.

If you have read some of our blogs regarding the Shark Guardians, and would like to know how you can get involved well, I have left below some helpful links.

Become an ISSA International student shark ambassador, spreading the word on the importance of our ocean guardians.

http://www.sharkguardian.org/shark-guardian-international-student-shark-ambassador/

Help by logging your recent and old shark sightings around Thailand, the data collected is being used to express to the Thai government that we are seeing a decline in shark numbers in their waters, and they need to act now in protecting them, before it’s too late.

http://www.sharkguardian.org/thailand-eshark-project/Whale shark spotted near Chumphon Pinnacle Koh Tao

Or put your photography skills to the test and help us identify an individual Whale shark, by taking a levelled focused picture of the shark between the pectoral and dorsal fin, where we can identify the shark by the location of its spots.

http://www.sharkguardian.org/whale-shark-project/

Help us help them, guard our oceans!

Restoration of the Big Blue Lizard

Approximately 5 years ago, the dive schools here on Koh Tao, united to create an artificial reef area, that could not only be used for training, but also a haven for corals and fish to flourish, this site was ample known as Buoyancy world, located just South of koh nang yuan.Restoring the artificial lizard

Over the years the site has taken great pressure off the neighbouring naturally formed site Twins, and has been used by many schools, for different types of diver training.

However the years have taken their toll on certain structures that were created, and they have broken or deteriorated.  This has left then unappealing and unsafe for divers wanting to get close.Lizard missing its head

So a few of Big Blue's Instructors, Dive master and Dive master trainees got together and came up with a way to mend Big Blue's structure, restoring its former glory, and making it safe for divers to get up close and see the life growing within and outside.

So Well Done Guys, you did a great job, lets’ keep saving the seas!A team photo

The end of Monsoon!

So we finally have it, calm, clear waters, and then the abundance of fish life doesn't dissapoint, from Barracuda's to Trevalleys, these calm waters have been blessed with an influx in strong dominant fish that to the eye seem magneficent in the way they patrol the waters around Chumphon Pinnacle. 2

We all know the importance of diversity within the ocean and to sea species from higher levels on the food chain thriving, leaves hope for the species below, and above in this diverse web of creatures. 

If you've ever wondered the role in which each species plays in the ocean, how they unnoticeable work together, and how as an individual you can help preserve this magical place, then join us for the BSAC Marine Conservation course, 5 lectures, 5 dives filled with skills that will make your next fun dive a totally fullfilling experince, thanks to the your new found knowledge. 500

Keep Saving the Seas!