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Sorry I haven’t been posting much original material lately… my time has been enveloped by Zoox and Green Fins work (as jobs tend to do) over the last few months, and as always it has been incredibly rewarding. 

A highlight was a project of one the Zoox volunteers who managed to pull together a week of clean ups around various dive sites and beaches around Puerto Galera, Philippines. 

In total, 205 people participated over the week, and we managed to collect a whopping 953.5 kg of rubbish and throw in a whole load of local community awareness about marine debris.

Organizing a clean up is much more than meets the eye, especially if you want to count what you have collected, or are trying to organize various people or town garbage trucks to meet you at a certain time. But it doesn’t have to be a big event. Take a picnic at a beach with friends, and after you clean up your mess, go and pick up the rest and see what the weirdest thing you can find is. 

On one dive this week, I found everything I would need for for my own picnic including a rug, umbrella, crockery, cutlery and beer (a bit salty but so was the rest!). It’s unbelievable what finds it’s way into the ocean, but when you are faced with the reality of it being right there in front of you, it helps reinforce actions when you are dry again. 

It’s thought that 80% of the trash in the ocean comes from land. And that’s not just beach-side communities, thats you and me, and family and friends. Let’s start there, with what we can easily change, and hopefully we can inspire others to start making a difference too. 

High-res 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.

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.

Hi! I’m from Manila and I’m really confused about many things so I’ll be asking a series of questions.1. How hard is it to find a job on marine biology in the Philippines? And any tips on finding one?2. What are some good Universities here offering Marine biology? 3. I don’t know where and how I could do volunteer work for experience since I’m in the middle of a city. 4. Does studying Marine Biology cost a lot? Sorry about these many questions.

Asked by Anonymous

Mabuhay! 

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. 

Good luck!

Ingat,

Sam

Things I can hear from my bed this morning:

  • Cockerels.
  • 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.
Maayong Buntag from the Philippines! 
zerothreetwo:


thelovelyseas:


_DSC1323 by Shin-Okamoto on Flickr.


Only in Cebu! Who else wants to swim with the whale sharks? 
Read about it here. 


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.
Read more about the research on the long term effects of this practice. 

zerothreetwo:

thelovelyseas:

_DSC1323 by Shin-Okamoto on Flickr.

Only in Cebu! Who else wants to swim with the whale sharks

Read about it here

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.

Read more about the research on the long term effects of this practice.