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Big Blue Conservation - Sightings

Whale shark on Twin Peaks!! After 2 months or so of having no whaleshark sightings on Koh Tao, divers on Twin Peaks yesterday were lucky enough to spot a small 3 meter whaleshark - hopefully this means we may start to see more of them.
Darcy from ECOCEAN commented "the lack of sightings maybe a result of the abnormally high sea temperatures we are experiencing; more likely a result of less planktonic matter in the ocean due to increased temperatures and therefore lower oxygen levels in the water" so hopefully with the whalesharks beginning to come back to Koh Tao, so the temperature is decreeasing - good news for the coral too!
Remember, if you have any photos of whalesharks spotted in Koh Tao, send in your photos and we can pass them on to ECOCEAN's international monitoring database, to help us track these behemoths of the deep!

     

Using NASA Hubble telescope technology used to map stars, ECOOCEAN map the spots on the side of the shark, much like a human fingerprint! Recording sightings like this has already helped us to understanding behaviours of these big beauties. Learn more on their website: http://www.whaleshark.org/

<p><strong>The Big Blue Conservation Reusable bags have finally arrived!!</strong><br />In our attempt to keep our seas and beaches clean and to rid the island of plastics bags which cause significant harm to numerous marine life, Big Blue Conservation now sell Reusable (and oh so fashionable) recycled-canvas bags. Check them out! And at only 100 baht each, with 50 baht going straight back into conservation, how can you refuse? Do something good for the environment, and look good doing it!</p><p><strong>The Big Blue Conservation Reusable bags have finally arrived!!</strong><br />In our attempt to keep our seas and beaches clean and to rid the island of plastics bags which cause significant harm to numerous marine life, Big Blue Conservation now sell Reusable (and oh so fashionable) recycled-canvas bags. Check them out! And at only 100 baht each, with 50 baht going straight back into conservation, how can you refuse? Do something good for the environment, and look good doing it!</p><p><a href="/media/rokgallery/6/6619c5e5-b145-4631-a44b-6921ac03d94d/3bbc1911-8e69-494f-eefc-7eb91b56413d.jpg" data-rokbox="" data-rokbox-title="2010-07-24" data-rokbox-caption=""><img style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" title="" src="/media/rokgallery/6/6619c5e5-b145-4631-a44b-6921ac03d94d/3bbc1911-8e69-494f-eefc-7eb91b56413d-thumb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p>

An early christmas present for us at Big Blue Conservation today - the Bullsharks are back! Fantastic news as with the extremely warm sea temperatures this year and lack of small fish, we had small hopes of seeing them this year. It's good to see the water quality improving and the larger life returning with it, but of course we want to keep it that way, so have a read below how to dive best with sharks and enjoy the experience more:

  1. Sharks are a rare species to see on Koh Tao, however baiting or attracting sharks with bottles can lead to unnatural behaviour by the sharks. Some sharks are curious and will approach divers, but some can come too close, particular if they associated divers with food.
  2. Stay in a vertical position - not many organisms swim in the ocean in a verticle position, and so a shark will not confuse you with food.
  3. Stay calm - erratic movements may provoke defence behaviours. If your calm, sharks will be more calm and your dive will be much more enjoyable.
  4. Learn about sharks and respect them. They are fascinating apex predators, some of the oldest organisms on the planet, and they deserve our respect.

Enjoy your dive with sharks - you won't regret it!

It's the opening of this years season in the Similans, so the crew of Big Blue Conservation made their way across to sunny Khao Lak and boarded Big Blue's very own liveaboard boat, the MV Pawara. The 4 day trip included some ornate ghost pipefish, leopard sharks, seahorses, cuttlefish, octopus and many a colourful nudibranch!
The Similan Islands are part of a Marine National Park, where fishing activities are banned. With granite rocks and exposure to different currents, the west coast of Thailand has very different marine life compared to Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. Lots of soft corals and granite rock formations dominate the aquatic landscape, and is frequently visited by large pelargics such as Manta Rays and the gentle Whaleshark.
So have a look at the pictures we took last week - you'll not want to miss out on this, so book your trip on the liveaboard now!

       

We all know that SHARKS need our help. Shark numbers are rapidly decreasing in Thailand and many divers have commented on the lack of shark sightings, even in our protected National Marine Parks. Over the last few years tourism and overfishing have all had a negative impact on our oceans around Thailand. On Koh Tao we have seen half the number of Whalesharks than last year. What we do see though, is a great many sharks in Thail...and is in the restaurants and pet shops. Tanks of Black Tip Reef Sharks an be seen for sale in Pattaya & Bangkok for the pet trade and large amounts of Bamboo & Zebra Sharks for sale at restaurants.
The Swim for Sharks 2011 is a statement by our small diving community to help protect sharks. We will be ditching our fins in favour of the more traditional sport of swimming! Participants will swim around Koh Nang Yuan unaided, but if you want to wear fins, that's OK too!

 

We would like your help to bring awareness to the plight of sharks in a publicity/media event we would like to organise called “Dive Tribes National Shark Release 2011”. So the money raised from this years "Swim For Sharks" is going towards the purchase of these sharks to release into back into the waters around Koh Tao. We don't expect the sharks to stay here, but there will be a higher chance of sightings if they are in the water in general, and are able to roam free, reproduce and visit our small island. So come along, even if you don't want to swim, learn more about sharks and conservation and help us raise the money needed to replenish our shark population.
Last year, Koh Tao's dive community raise over 17,000 baht and over 400 signatures for anti-shark finning campaign support - lets see if we can beat that this year!!
Come join us on September 4th for the big swim!

10 - 11 Meet at Big Blue Dive Resort for registration and welcome drinks
11 - 12 Shark conservation talk and petition signing
1 - 4 Swim time!! Swim 3 km around Koh Nang Yuan
7 - late Evening festivities including sponsored dares and drink deals (venue to be confirmed)