Grace Peliño (Fisheries Coordinator, Puerto Galera, Philippines) on community outreach and awareness of environmental issues.
This megamouth shark was fished in the Philippines on April 21, 2013. The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) is an extremely rare species of deepwater shark, so rare that only over 50 sightings have been recorded since its discovery in 1976.
Of the now 56 megamouth sharks recorded worldwide, 11 specimens (20%, most numerous next to Japan) come from the Philippines.
The megamouth is the smallest of only three filter-feeding sharks (the others being whale sharks and basking sharks).
Photo from CJ Fives for Butuan Bay Divers.
It’s lovely to hear from Filipinos interested in their oceans!
1. We’re an archipelago, and rely heavily on coastal resources. This means government departments like DENR and BFAR have jobs in the marine sector. And I reckon they can do with some more marine biologists. Not to mention the thousands of NGOs that are conducting research and community work around the country. Tips: Study hard. Get experience - do volunteer work, take internships, start meeting people in the field of work so you have a netword of contacts to start helping you out.
2. I guess it depends on your budget, but UP have good programmes around the country. Siliman has an excellent reputation. If you want to move from Manila there are other options too. I know University of San Carlos Cebu has a marine biology department. Do some research online, ask your friends if they know anyone who takes the course and ask their opinions.
3. Check out Save Philippine Seas - they do a lot of advocacy work in Manila (have you seen the mural in EDSA?). If they don’t have anything for you, ask nicely and they can point you in the right direction!
4. You’ll have to approach the Universities to find that information - sorry I can’t help you there.
Please don’t apologise about asking questions! It’s a great trait to have, and don’t stop - it’s how we learn.
Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
by Samantha Craven
Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines
by Samantha Craven
It’s been an awesome few days, learning, networking, and getting distracted by the view. Updates to follow!
Pintuyan fishermen on the water fishing for squid as the sun sets over Sogod Bay. This is the super beautiful scene from just outside our house. x
I can’t wait to visit this LAMAVE project in Leyte! Real **wild** whale sharks and everything!
- Waves on the shore.
- Hammers downstairs. Like every morning.
- Cats playing in the roof of my room. Yes in it. Lots of them.
- Kids playing on the beach.
- Cockerels (I can’t emphasise this enough).
- Someone sweeping.
- Someone clearing their nose!
- Pots and pans being washed.
- At least two radios. One of which is playing ‘Ganggam style’. Again.
- Kittens meowing.
As a Cebuana, I can say this.
Yes, it’s only in Cebu. The only place in the world to actively feed whale sharks. What for? A tourist attraction.
The only place in the world that puts profit above the long term effects of feeding a highly migratory, vulnerable to extinction, fish.
The only place to really cheapen what should be a breathtaking experience with one of nature’s Giants. By conditioning them to beg at boats like puppy dogs.
The only place where people complain about only having a 30 minute viewing time with, at times, up to 14 sharks a day.
I’m a proud Cebuana, but not about this. Yes. Only in Cebu.
Mountain View Park Nature Park, Busay, Cebu
The city of sleeping hearts.
This exact view is one of my favourite views in the whole world. As cities go, Cebu, you ain’t bad at all…
Pablo is a big boy. He slowed down for a while, but he’s back up to Super Typhoon (Cat 5) status. He hits the south of Philippines in the morning. The whole country is braced. Strongest typhoon in 22 years. Currently 260 km/hr.
Here’s hoping for the best for those in his path. Stay safe and dry Mindanao, Visayas, Palawan.