On a scuba dive at the Marine national Park Phi Phi Islands on 20th August 2015 we have found an illegal set Fishing Cage. A Lot of fish have been trapped inside and it was attached with a big rope to a Coral, either by scuba or surface supply divers! Fish cages are not allowed 3 nautical miles around the MN-Park Borders! Thanks a lot to Stefan Heinsen for the great Camera work and Anett for helping out! Also a big thank you goes to project abroad research divers!
Thats how a Frogfish walks (swims)
Manta Ray Show
Because we humans burn fossils so fast the CO2 level in the Oceans rise Anemones become acid and Nemo has problems to locate predators.
According to numerous studies, if ocean acidification continues at the current rate, clownfish could experience significant sensory impairment. Since clownfish rely on their auditory and olfactory capabilities to evade predators and locate appropriate habitats, there is much indication that ocean acidification will negatively affect their population numbers. Signs appearing here! 6 years ago we had many more anemones and Nemos here!
PLEASE reduce your carbon footprint!
Here comes the Movie of our 2nd CleanUp day at Phi Phi Islands. Project Abroad and Poseidon Dive Center as well as many other Organizations and divers joined forces again. a big THANKS to everyone! It was a great day but a SHOCKING result! Guess how many kilogram of rubbish we removed in 2 days……???
Amazing Marine life at the Phi Phi Islands National Marine Park! A huge school of Yellow tailed Snappers and in between juv. Barracudas! #scuba
We didn’t see the king Cruiser Wreck either cause too many Fish in our way! 😉
Nemo in real life!
Today we rescued about 60 starving Fish from dying in an abandoned Fish cage which was illegally set way inside the Marine National Park laying on Corals which were damaged as well! Fortunately we found it by chance cut it open and released the Fish!
It was so amazing when they were released it gave me big jiggle and it seemed like they said Thank you before they left!
A small Movie of it will follow soon!
When do People finally understand that a Reef is Millions of $$$ more worth alive then dead???
The Project Abroad & Poseidon Dive Center rescued a young Green Turtle from drowning in an abandoned and drifting Net at Phi Phi Islands. Poor fishing practices are mostly the reason.
If we carry on fishing like we do at the moment there is NO fish left in 2048 how old your kids will be by then or yourself?
Right did you look further?
We are 8 billion people in this world no stopping of having kids. In 10 year’s we will be 10 billion people, ever thought of how to feed them? 8 mio die per year because of starvation already.
If we mess with the oceans marine life, soon there is no life anymore
All life comes from the ocean, called evolution.
The End of the Line! watch it!
and it is exactly like this, I dive since 16 years and have a huge number of dives and it decreases by day.
So a lot of people ask me: why don’t we farm fish like pigs or cows?
Not a good idea either to farm fish because, what do fish eat?
Fish eat other fish and where is the Fish-food coming from?
To produce 1000 kg of tuna you need 3000 kg of food (other live fish) where do they come from?
They come from the open Ocean so calculate how long that lasts if you need 3 times the amount of what you get out!
Another part is that a lot of people do not know that 80% of all fish are monogamy so they look for one partner in their whole life and if one of them gets eaten or caught the other one will never reproduce and or die as well.
We kill 100 mio sharks per year, for their fins.
Per second around 3,6 sharks get killed and 0,94 get born.
We take them out more than 3 times faster than they can reproduce.
We need the sharks it’s a reef cleaner, it eats old and sick fish
If we don’t have a reef cleaner anymore we kill the reef cause corals get overgrown by slime alga.
Do you know how many % of Oxygen we have in our air?…..
See 90% of all people do not know!
21% O2 is in our Air
Where does it come from?
Trees most people say.
We would not have enough trees in this world to produce that amount of O2
75% of our earth surface is water.
How much O2 is getting produced by trees?
How much O2 do you need per Breath?
so there you go….do the math without the O2 production from our Ocean
Shall I tell you a good story in between?
We have a nudi branch here which only has to eat one time in its entire life.
it eats corals so perfectly off and plants it in its tentacles so they grow and give food nutrients salts and minerals to the nudi.
It’s called “Blue Dragon”!
They are so much more advanced under water than we are
I guess you love Dolphins right?
Another story made up by the medias cause in reality they are not as lovely!!!!
Just one example: an Orca (Killer Whale) is the biggest of the Dolphins Family.
Back to our Sharks.
Women often ask me…..can I go diving because I have my period…..do i attract sharks then?
I always say then….I hope so 😉
But actually it’s the opposite
Another common misunderstanding about Sharks we get told by the Medias.
Yes its true they can smell a drop of blood in 1 mio liter of water but they would never come close as long as it is human blood, they do not like it! What do you do if don’t like your food in your mouth?! You spit it out don’t you?
That’s why 8 of 9 attacked people survive. The shark just try’s and spits you out again
How many people get killed by cats?
300 per year…a tiger are a cat isn’t it?
9 people get attacked by a shark per year
More people get killed by a falling coconut
or a soda pop machine
and many more people get killed by starvation 8 mil to be exact no one cares!
Just amazing what TV and Medias do to us
On top of that
Corals can only cope with 32.2°C of Water temperature everything above that, they’ll get stressed and die! We had this 2 years ago 10% of all our corals are brown and dead. It comes back but very slowly
How fast does the fastest Plant on Land grow and what is it?
The Bamboo, it can grow up to 10 cm a day!
So how fast is the fastest growing Coral and which one is it?
The Staghorn Coral and it grows 1 cm a YEAR!
On top of that:
We humans produce such a huge amount of rubbish, per person about 2.2 kg every single day.
2.2 kg x 8billion people x 365 days = 5,8 billion tones of rubbish
We humans already throw 8.1 mio tons of rubbish in the oceans every year! There is more plastic in the water than plankton! Broken down to so small pieces that our eye can’t see it!
So eating Fish is healthy isn’t it? At least that’s what the Medias are telling us to do!
We need the Ocean it protects us!
We live in such abundance that we don’t see it anymore! So much food, water, electric…..etc. all the time.
So whats the solution to this?
- Buy fish once a week (not 5 times) from sustainable resources.
- Lower your own standards.
- Turn off the water while soaping under the shower.
- Turn off lights which are not needed.
- Leave your car at home and take a walk or a bicycle.
- Don’t go to the Gym by car and then sit on the bike.
- Do not throw your rubbish over board or on the side of the street.
What Poseidon Dive Center does:
i could cry everyday about us stupid humans but that aint help…what helps is this!
- Educating our divers and guests!
- We sell our Best of underwater pictures; from the income of the pictures sold we’ll build & protect artificial & natural reefs! www.dani-sasse.de Have a look and please support us!
- Artificial reefs are great because they not only protect the fish from fisher nets they also reproduce quicker as well as Corals can hook onto the artificial reef quiet easily. It’s maybe only a drop of cold water on a hot stone but at least
- Farmed Fish and Turtle release.
- Replanting of knocked over Corals by anchor or humans stand on them.
- Setting buoys so Boats not have to anchor anymore.
- Fighting for proper Fishing laws in the Marine National Park
Best of Underwater Photography by Daniel Sasse
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Clown Trigger Fish @ work!
Award Winning Picture by Daniel Sasse
We fish 80.000.000 Tonnes / Year 22.000.000 Tonnes is caught by chance and gets back into the water dead!
80% of all Fish live Monogamy!
If we carry on Fishing like we do at the moment there is NO Fish left in the year 2048!
We kill 100.000.000+ Sharks / Year just for there fins!
We throw 8.100.000.000.000 billion Tonnes of rubbish into the Ocean every year!
There is already 6 times more plastic in the water than Plankton!
We have 21% Oxygen in our air only 4% is made by Trees the other 17% is made by Corals! Our Body needs 4% of Oxygen every breath.
so now tell me how “intelligent” we humans are?!
Finally our new Boat has arrived!
She is called Poseidon 1. On the way to Krabi to get it ready in hopefully 10 days! Like it? We do very much!
There will be a Lounge with Music a Bar as well as Hot Water Showers & Toilets. More comfort is almost not possible! 😉
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My Entry at the Marine National Geographic Photo Contest 2012!
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Scuba Diving Law of Boyle & Mariotte in a practical Example! A bubble-ring is expanding towards the surface.
Hey there green thumbs!
A couple of days ago we did our October Underwater Clean up day! Successfully we get less and less ropes and nets!
We went out for Scuba-Diving on the 12.09.2012 to our local Island Reefs to do some clean up, small rubbish bags and plastic. But we were overwhelmed when we saw a big net about 30m in length and 15m in width stretching and hanging over the pinnacle at Koh Talu at our first dive site!
Fishing in these waters can cause problems like this because the fishermen throw the net, which will too often get entangled into corals! They will then just abandon the net and leave it on the reef! This not only leads to death for so many fishes and other marine life, such as turtles and cuttlefish, but also causes serious damage to the coral life. If not removed, more and more marine life gets entangled and dies from starvation and suffocation!
Many People don’t know that most of our Oxygen gets produced by Corals, but if they are stressed by a net they will die, fishes will move away and the whole reef becomes a “Serengeti Desert”.
Corals are the slowest growing creatures in the world! Some of them will only grow as slow as 0.01 millimeter per year, even the fastest growing corals only grows about 1 centimeter per year. But they can die in a day!
We removed the net as carefully as we could to not break more corals than had already been damaged and I was glad to have 4 other divers with me to help take care of it! I couldn’t have done it myself! Thank you very much to Jai, Roxanne, Happy and El! With all 5 People we were not able to remove the net on our first dive so I took the guys back to our boat and returned to remove the rest of it by myself!
When we did our second Dive at Koh Meaurai which was supposed to be a Fun dive we came across another huge net about 20m in length and 10m in width, lots of dead fishes entangled and struggling ones too! We carefully cut out those that were still alive, but, sadly, they were few! There was a tasseled Scorpionfish entangled in the net; Scorpionfish are very dangerous and it’s even more dangerous to cut them out of the Net but fortunately we could manage without getting stung!
We managed to get the two nets on the boat and once back on shore, we ensured proper disposal.
I wish something could be done urgently to improve and implement better fishing practices, not just in Asia but throughout the world, in order to maintain and preserve our fragile and diverse marine life system!
This morning was a wonderfull morning we released 86 turtles which were one year old from a Turtle farming station! I wish the small turtles lots of luck and hopefully we will see you underwater again!!! Take care my friends!
Welcome to the NEW Poseidon Dive-Center Ao-Nang!
We have a new Address!
If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact me and let me know!
Have a great day!
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Poseidon CMAS/TDA 5***** ITCMaster Dive Academy has a New Location
New Address of Poseidon Dive Center:
81000 Ao Nang / Krabi
Now its even easier to find us!!! We are still on the Main Street. Just follow the Mainstreet towards Nopparat Beach and just before you pass the River bridge you will find us on the right hand side! Thats it!
From Krabi Airport just take a cab for about 600.- THB or a Mini Bus for about 250.- THB. The cheapest solution is the Airport Bus which runs every 20min and will cost around 150,- THB.
Tell the driver that you want to go to Ao-Nang Poseidon Dive-Center that should know every Taxi driver, if not just print the map and show the driver!
If you own a GPS device try out our coordinates.
Latitude: 8° 2’17.88″N
Amazing Footage from a “Techno Fish”!
A Harlequin Sweetlip juv. is doing this move to protect itself from predators, it looks like a big toxic ball! as the older it get as the less it needs to protect itself as the slower it can do it! Amazing creatures, so advanced!
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With a mouthful of teeth, sharks do not seem to need much protection.
In fact one shark goes through thousands of teeth in a lifetime. Each row of succeeding teeth is larger than the set before.
But sharks´teeth are built for eating. The shape of a sharks teeth depend on the type of food it eats, and some sharks’teeth change shape as they grow older and their diet changes to suit the needs of their growing bodies.
sharks also have other types of protection. A protective lid, called the nictitating lid, helps keep its eyes safe from harm when it attacks prey or nears an unfamiliar object. Some sharks will also roll their eyes back into the sockets showing only the whites while attacking prey to protect the more important seeing part of the eye.
Bottom feeding sharks, such as the angel shark or wobbegong, have coloration matching their environment. Others will bury themselves in the sandy ocean bottom.
However, sharks have little or no protection from humans who hunt them for almost every part of their body to make leather, jewelry, soup, cosmetics, and other items. Sharks are also hunted for sport and many are inadvertently caught in fishing nets or in nets placed to protect humans.
However; the product that drives the market are the fins. After drying, collagen fibers are extracted from them, cleaned, and processed to make ‘shark fin soup’. In spite of the fact that these fibers have little flavour or nutritional value, the soup is considered a delicacy, and may sell in the Orient for more than $100 ( £65) a bowl. As long as the humans pay a lot of money for these fins, it will never stop, and we will kill the sharks and ourselves
The explosive growth of the Chinese economy and rapid expansion of trade with the outside world during the 1985 and 1995 created an unprecedented situation. Suddenly there was an insatiable demand for shark fins of almost any size or type. Improvements in shipbuilding and navigational electronics meant that shark fishing boats could now go anywhere in the world, moving from one place to another as local shark populations were destroyed. The fins are now so much more valuable than the rest of the shark that the carcass is often discarded after the fins are removed, to save storage space on the boat. Often the fins are sliced off when the shark is still alive and the mutilated shark is dumped back into the water, where sinks straight to the bottom because without back fin can´t swim, to die a slow and agonizing death.
Helping To Protect Sharks
Since sharks reproduce at a much slower rate and mature more slowly than bony fish, it is important that people are careful not to deplete the shark population to a point where it can not be recovered. In some cases the environments in which the sharks live are being destroyed.
While sharks have a bad reputation, they rarely attack people unless they are provoked or mistake a human for their normal prey. More people drown in the ocean each year than are attacked by sharks. Only a few of the 365 types of sharks, the bull, the great white, the oceanic white-tip, and the tiger shark are aggressive toward human.
Encouraging the use of electric barriers instead of nets to keep sharks out of an area is one way to help. Also discourage the hunting of sharks for sport or the production of unnecessary articles such as jewelry and souvenirs. In addition learn more about sharks and inform others of ways to live peaceably with these fascinating animals.
A Shark’s Sixth Sense
In order to live and hunt in the ocean waters, sharks have the same 5 senses as human do. They have smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight. These senses vary in their strength. Many sharks have sharp eyesight, some of which seem particularly sensitive to movement. Most sharks also have a well developed sense of smell.
However, sharks possess a sixth sense which people do not have. Sharks are able to detect weak electrical signals generated by their prey. This sense is detected through small sensory pores called ampullae.
• The smallest shark is the dwarf dog shark which is 6 ½ inches (16 cm) in length.
• The largest shark, ranging up to 40 ft. (12m) in length is the whale shark.
• Whale sharks are large non aggressive creatures which will sometimes allow divers to hitch a ride by holding on to a pectoral fin.
• Most sharks give birth to live young rather than lay eggs.
• The shark with the longest tail is the thresher shark. Its tail can be 5-8 ft. in length, or as long as its body.
• The hammerhead shark swings its head from side to side as it swims, allowing it to use its well developed sense of smell and many ampullae to search for prey in a wide variety of directions in a small amount of time.
• The fastest shark is the Mako, which can swim at 20 mph (32 kph) and leap completely clear of the ocean surface when it is excited.
• Angel sharks have extra large pectoral fins resembling angel wings. These sharks spend their lives mostly on the ocean bed resting in the sand waiting for prey to come to them.
• Some sharks migrate hundreds of miles using what scientists believe to be a sense of the earth’s magnetic field to guide them.
• One shark makes oval shape bites in its victim, by creating a suction with its lips and swiveling around for the bite. It is appropriately named the cookie cutter shark.
• One of the smallest sharks, the lantern shark, grows to only 8 in (20 cm) in length and glows in the dark.
• The most recent discovery of a shark was not made until 1976. This was the large Megamouth shark, of which only five more have ever been found. This unusual shark which feeds on krill has luminous organs around its mouth.
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Things worth knowing about Sharks:
“He who fears an animal will only see its threatening behaviour” – this quote from Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell seems to capture better than most sentiments the relationship between shark and man. Most people simply know too little about sharks in order to overcome the fear being propagated through the media. Sharks are always depicted as monstrous man-eaters in sensational films and reports. A new image of the animals is only slowly emerging in the media. This “man-eater” is gradually being portrayed as an intelligent predator with more of an aversion to humans. Sharkproject has compiled facts and information on this here in the Shark Compendium.
They will constantly be developing this knowledge library further, adding new research findings and chapters. So it’s worth dropping by at regular intervals!
The Word “Shark” in different languages:
Albanian: peshkaqen → sq m
Bulgarian: акула → bg
Chinese (traditional): zh-tw (shā yú)
Chinese (simple): zh-cn (shā yú)
Danish: haj → da
English: shark → en
Esperanto: ŝarko → eo
French: requin → fr
Hawaiian: manô → haw
Hebrew: כריש → he (Ka’rish)
Italian: squalo → it m, pescecane → it m
Islandic: hákarl → is
Catalan: tauró → ca m Korean: 상
Lithuanian: ryklys → lt
Dutch: haai → nl m
Norwegian: hai → no m
Occitan: làmia → oc f
Polish: rekin → pl m
Portugese: tubarão → pt m
Rhaeto-Romanic: squagl → rm m
Russian: акула → ru (akúla)
Swedish: haj → sw
Slowenian: morski pes → sl
Spanish: tiburón → es m
Czech: žralok →
Thai: ฉลาม → chà-lăam → th
Turkish: köpek balığı → tr
Hungarian: cápa → hu
Venetian: pessecan → vec m, (kleiner Hai) cagnoin → vec m
Welsh: morgi → cy m
Not in your language? Post it as comment here i will complete it asap!
Haiothek Wissenswertes über Haie
“Wer Angst vor einem Tier hat, wird in dessen Verhalten immer nur das Bedrohliche sehen!” pointierter, als dieser Ausspruch des Nobelpreisträger Bertrand Russel, kann man das Verhältnis zwischen Hai und Mensch nicht beschreiben.
Die meisten Menschen wissen einfach zu wenig über Haie, um die über Medien permanent geschürte Angst zu verlieren. In sensationsgierigen Filmen und Berichten sind Haie immer noch die menschenfressenden Monster. Erst langsam setzt sich ein neues Medienbild der Tiere durch. Aus dem “Menschenfresser” wird so allmählich ein intelligenter und dem Menschen gegenüber eher scheuer Räuber.
Fakten und Informationen dazu auf der Seite Sharkproject
Diese Wissensbibliothek wird sich permanent weiter entwickeln, mit neuen Forschungsergebnissen und neuen Kapiteln. Es lohnt sich also mehrfach im Jahr mal reinzuschauen.
Das Wort “Hai” in verschiedenen Sprachen:
Albanisch: peshkaqen → sq m
Bulgarisch: акула → bg
Chinesisch: (traditionell): zh-tw (shā yú)
Chinesisch: (vereinfacht): zh-cn (shā yú)
Dänisch: haj → da
Englisch: shark → en
Esperanto: ŝarko → eo
Französisch: requin → fr
Hawaiisch: manô → haw
Hebräisch: כריש → he (Ka’rish)
Italienisch: squalo → it m, pescecane → it m
Isländisch: hákarl → is
Katalanisch: tauró → ca m
Litauisch: ryklys → lt
Niederländisch: haai → nl m
Norwegisch: hai → no m
Okzitanisch: làmia → oc f
Polnisch: rekin → pl m
Portugiesisch: tubarão → pt m
Rätoromanisch: squagl → rm m
Russisch: акула → ru (akúla)
Schwedisch: haj → sw
Slowenisch: morski pes → sl
Spanisch: tiburón → es m
Tschechisch: žralok →
Türkisch: köpek balığı → tr
Thailändisch: ฉลาม → chà-lăam → th
Ungarisch: cápa → hu
Venezianisch: pessecan → vec m, (kleiner Hai) cagnoin → vec m
Walisisch: morgi → cy m
Nicht in Deiner Sprache? Kommentiere es hier und ich werde es sobald wie möglich updaten!
Victory in the Southern Ocean Day for the Whales
It’s official – the Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean, at least for this season. And if they return next season, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume their efforts to obstruct and disable illegal Japanese whaling operations.
“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled,” said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”
The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker has been tailing the Japanese Nisshin Maru factory ship since February 9th making it impossible for the whalers to continue their illegal whaling operations.
“I have a crew of 88 very happy people from 23 different nations including Japan and they are absolutely thrilled that the whalers are heading home and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is now indeed a real sanctuary,” said Captain Paul Watson.
The Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Gojira will remain in the Southern Ocean to escort the Japanese ships northward. “We will not leave the whale sanctuary until the last whaling ship has departed,” said Gojira captain Locky MacLean.
“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand, we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens Party. We are very grateful to Mr. Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our onshore staff and volunteers, supporting members and ship crews. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”
It’s official – the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is over for this season and the whalers did not even take 10% of their quota. Sea Shepherd estimates that over 900 whales have been saved this year.
“It’s a great day for the whales,” said Sea Shepherd Chief Cook on the Steve Irwin Laura Dakin of Canberra, Australia, “and it’s a great day for humanity!”
Despite many press releases worldwide the Thai Government DOES NOT close all dive sites in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand region!
Correct is that a few Dive Sites will be closed due to research. The dive sites which will be closed do not reflect on diving pleasure in Thailand. Please find the links where you can see and find more detailed information that only a few reefs will be closed for scientific research purposes:
Another fact: The coral bleaching comes from to warm water temperatures and not from Divers at all!
Also coral bleaching phenomena is not damaging more than 10% of all corals throughout the Kingdom’s seas, but partly in shallow water areas some of the coral life. You still can enjoy wonderful and colourful reefs in the Andamnan Sea and as well in the Gulf of Thailand!
We awaiting you and looking forward to some amazing dives!
The Poseidon Dive Academy Team!
Pressemeldungen mit mangelhafter oder gar gänzlich fehlender Recherche ziehen Kreise und verbreiten, alle Riffe in thailändischen Marine National Parks werden gesperrt – Das ist SCHWACHSINN..!!!Richtig ist, dass ein paar wenige Tauchpläzte zu wissenschaftlichen Studienzwecken gesperrt werden, die nicht tauchrelevant sind, bzw die sowieso kaum einer der thailändischen Tauch-Fan-Gemeinde kennt oder jemals betaucht hat. Namentlich und geografisch gelistet findet Ihr die gesperrten Riffe unter folgendem Link:
Dem ungetrübten Tauchspass in thailändischen Gewässern steht also nach wie vor nichts entgegen!
Wir erwarten Euch und wünschen euch immer gut Luft!
Das Poseidon Tauch-Team!
This is the deepest known cave in Thailand and all of it is underwater. It is a very deep vauclusian resurgence with two surface pools which join underwater. The sump contains fresh water, even at -240m. There are several other deep resurgences in this area and the source of the water is not known.
The site was first dived by Matt London and the Thailand Cave Diving Project around 1993. The two surface pools were connected at a depth of 84m. These dives pushed the cave to a depth of -120m using open-circuit equipment. Exploration was resumed in December 2005 when Bruce Konefe, Cedric Verdier and Mike Gadd reached a depth of -150m using rebreathers. In May 2006 Verdier and Gadd extended the cave to -201m. The bottom of the sump was eventually reached by Ben Reymenants in November 2006 at a depth of -240m.
If you do this please ask us first. It is dangerous to dive in caves especially if you go deep! Instructors and divers lost there life in these cave.
But nevertheless there are also many Caves around to reach by foot on land. You’ll need torches to explore these caves and if you like Bats then this is a must! 😉
All can be reached by walking from this lake!
If you have any questions please contact me!
Have lots of fun exploring undiscovered worlds!
Project for an Artificial Reef from old C-47 Dakota Planes!
Please Donate so we can save and protect our Marine Life!
A third of all animals and plants on earth face extinction — endangered blue whales, coral reefs, and a vast array of other species. The wave of human-driven extinction has reached a rate not seen since the fall of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
But there is a plan to save them — a global agreement to create, fund and enforce protected areas covering 20% of our seas and lands by 2020. Right now, 193 governments are meeting in Japan to address this crisis. But without public pressure, they are likely to fall short of the bold action needed to avert the collapse of ecosystems the world over.
This summit ends this week — we have no time to lose. Let’s rapidly build a global public outcry urging governments to save all life on earth from runaway decline. Sign the petition below and it will be delivered directly to the meeting:
To all parties of the Convention on Biodiversity:
One third of Earth’s species face extinction. We call on you to urgently agree to create, execute and fund the protection of 20% of our oceans and lands by 2020. Only bold and immediate action will protect our planet’s rich diversity of life.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sea Shepherd Unveils Interceptor Vessel to Target Illegal Whaling
At a Hollywood fundraiser on Saturday night, we shared with supporters our desire to add the Ocean Adventurer to our fleet for our upcoming 2010-2011 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise.
The 12-year-old, 115-foot, stabilized monohull vessel would fill the role of fast interceptor, replacing the Ady Gil, the vessel that the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and destroyed on January 6th of this year.
This expedition will be our seventh campaign to oppose the illegal activities of the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean and we hope it will be our last season. During the past six campaigns, we have saved the lives of nearly 2,000 whales and exposed illegal Japanese whaling activities to the entire world. Last season, we were able to save more whales than the Japanese whalers were able to kill. Five hundred and twenty-eight (528) whales are alive and swimming in the sea because our supporters enabled us to intervene by underwriting our ships and crews.
Each year, because of our supporters, we have become stronger and more effective. Through patience, determination and persistence, we are driving the Japanese whaling fleet into debt and closer to the day they will retreat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
We are confident that with your help, we will see our most effective campaign ever with Operation No Compromise. Our ships, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, are currently being prepared for the campaign. We have recruited the best crew we can assemble. Our only challenge now is to raise the funds for the Ocean Adventurer.
With three ships, we will once again be able to track and intervene against the poachers in the Southern Ocean for the entire season. Our goal is to save more whales this coming season than we did during the last season and to shut down whaling in the Southern Ocean permanently.
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OSLO (Reuters) – The world should safeguard coral reefs with networks of small no-fishing zones to confront threats such as climate change, and shift from favoring single, big protected areas, a U.N. study showed.
“People have been creating marine protected areas for decades. Most of them are totally ineffective,” Peter Sale, a leader of the study at the U.N. University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health, told Reuters.
“You need a network of protected areas that functions well,” he said. “It’s important to get away from single protected areas which has been the common approach.”
Fish and larvae of marine creatures can swim or be carried large distances, even from large protected areas.
That means it is often best to set up a network of small no-fishing zones covering the most vulnerable reefs, with catches allowed in between. Closing big zones can be excessive for conservation and alienate fishermen who then ignore bans.
Reefs from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean are nurseries for fish and vital for food supplies since about 40 percent of the world’s population lives within 50 km (30 miles) of the coast.
Climate change, pollution and over-fishing are among threats to reefs. Warmer oceans can damage corals, sometimes irreversibly. The U.N. University study is in a new handbook to help planners cooperate with marine scientists.
On land, planners can usually be confident that plants and animals will stay in areas set aside as national parks, Sale said. At sea, park limits are far less relevant.
In the past, he said, countries had sometimes set up large protected areas for reefs but then cleared mangroves along nearby coastlines to make way for hotels and beaches for scuba-diving tourists. That can damage some fish stocks.
“In the Caribbean, snappers and groupers spend their lives as juveniles in mangroves and sea grass beds,” Sale said. As adults the fish go back to live on the reefs, creating a need for protected zones on both reefs and in mangroves.
Scientists recently discovered that the spiny lobster, the most valuable fishery in the Caribbean, has a larval stage lasting seven months, shorter than widely believed.
Understanding ocean currents can help to show how far they get dispersed within seven months before settling on the seabed. That can also help in deciding where to site protected zones.
Sale said Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was a good example of management, with a network of no-fishing zones and others open to tourism or fishing. That system meant a balance between the needs of people and the reef.
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Age before beauty, when it comes to coral? (Image: Naoi/ Flickr/Getty)
JUST 600 meters away from the Great Barrier Reef, the jewel in Australia’s crown, a less spectacular but more ancient reef has been discovered.
The first hint of its existence came in 2007, when seismic and sonar measurements revealed odd ridges and lagoons on the seabed. Confirmation arrived in February this year, when an international team extracted 34 sediment cores from three sites on the seabed, revealing a fossilized coral reef that reaches 110 meters into the sea floor. Preliminary dating of the core indicates that the coral is up to 169,000 years old.
“This is the great-grandmother of the Great Barrier Reef,” says John Pandolfi of the University of Queensland, who was not on the mission. It is “a very important discovery”, he says, and should provide new insights into the genesis of the reef.
The prevailing wisdom has been that the Great Barrier Reef sits atop an older, dead reef, but 110 meters beneath the live reef, the team hit rock. Corals need light to live, and Pandolfi now thinks that when rising sea levels at the end of the last ice age threatened to put the lights out on the ancient reef, some larvae traveled to shallower waters and seeded the modern one.
The findings were presented by Jody Webster of the University of Sydney at the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program conference in Bremen, Germany, in July.
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Halieutichthys aculeatus (Mitchill 1818)
Pancake Batfish threatened by the Louisiana Oil-Spill where its teritorial is placed!
Max. size: 100 mm (4in.)
Easily identified by: rounded disk, pectoral fin lobes connected to the tail by skin, reticular pattern on the dorsal surface, ventral surface of body naked.
Range and depth: North Carolina to northern South America, including the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Cuba, Venezuela, and the Bahamas in 0 – 421 meters (0 – 1389 feet) (Miller 1965, Bullis and Struhsaker 1970, McEachran and Fechhelm 1998).
Habitat: occurs on substrata consisting of hard sand and coral, sand and sandy clay, or sandy mud with shell debris (Richards and Bradbury 1999).
Feeding: polychaete worms, small crustaceans (e.g. mysids), and small gastropods (Winans 1975, Nagareda 2005, Nagareda and Shenker 2008).
Ogcocephalus declivirostris Bradbury 1980
Max. size: 137 mm (5.4 inches) (McEachran and Fechhelm 1998)
Easily identified by: rostrum slopes downward (not upwards or horizontal) with respect to the long axis of the body, pectoral fins translucent and taper to a point (not rounded) (Bradbury 1980).
Range and depth: northern and western Gulf of Mexico in 3.5 – 180 meters (11.55 – 594 feet) with one specimen recorded from the Straits of Florida at 388 meters (1280.4 feet) (Bradbury 1980).
Feeding: primarily tiny gastropods, specifically Nassarius sp, and Cosmioconcha calliglypta (Nagareda 2005, Nagareda and Shenker 2008).
Ogcocephalus pantostictus Bradbury 1980
Max. size: 310 mm (12.2 inches) (McEachran and Fechhelm 1998)
Easily identified by: pattern of dark spots over the entire dorsal surface of the body.
Range and depth: north and west Gulf of Mexico, from Mobile Bay, Alabama to Tampico, Tamaulipas (Mexico) in 9-31 meters (29.7-102.3 feet) (Bradbury 1980).
Feeding: gastropods (Cosmioconcha calliglypta, Kurtziella sp., Oliva sayana), xanthid crabs and swimming crabs (Callinectes similis) (Nagareda 2005, Nagareda and Shenker 2008).
Other notes: rostrum characterized by ontogenetic allometry (very long in juveniles, then shortens with growth to become very short in adults
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TDEX 2010 great success in Bangkok for TDA (Thailand Diving Association) & Poseidon Dive Academy Thailand Krabi Ao Nang
Daniel Sasse and Yuphin Phiranam have had a lot of interessted customers on the Booth and where busy during the four days of the Scuba Diving Expo not only promoted the TDA but also the amazing Dive Sites in the Southwest of Thailand Phi Phi and Local Islands close to Ao Nang
This year TDA presents also additional information on mono fin swimming directly given by the Thai National Coach Mr. Vladimir Karmazin who three times won the World Championships already.
Further information you will find of course on the best diving spots all around Thailand!
Mr. Maik Rudolph, TDA BOD Member, was – as the years before – organizer and leader of TDA booth at TDEX 2010 in Bangkok.
With his idea to present the new discipline of fin swimming beside all information about diving in Thailand he could attract many visitors to the booth!
Therefore especially at the weekend all TDA Team was very busy to provide interesting information to everybody.
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There were also Environmental Organisations like Greenfins Thai Environmental Reef Check ect. Who showed on how to prevent littering and wasting the Ocean with Movies and little tricks which actually help a lot!
despite huge corruption at whaling commission
by Rod Marining
A psychic message had gone out to all eco-warriors who had ever fought for whales: “Get your body over to Agadir, Morocco, now!” As we say on the Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace ships, “All hands on deck!”
So there I was at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (June 21-25), walking through loads of security into a room where the fate of the great whales would be decided for one more year. There were 88 representatives from various countries – people who would make the ultimate decisions – and more than 240 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Everyone was very nervous and there was no clear indication of the fate of the whales, one way or the other. There were powerful forces at play, both good and evil.
Sex was one of the forces working against the whales. Flights, Girls and Cash Buy Japan Whaling Votes read a Sunday Times headline on June 13. A stack of Xeroxed copies of the article sat on the NGO media table and I picked one up. The jokey comments included, “Hookers for harpoons? ‘What do you mean?’ asks the diplomat. ‘You give me harpoons to kill the whales with your vote and I give you hookers, really “good girls” for you. What do you say? We have a deal?’”
It is common knowledge among enviros that a huge block of small nations –surrogates as they are called – have been bought off by the Japanese foreign affairs department and the Sunday Times article provided definitive proof of the corruption. Journalists with hidden cameras and micro-phones had set up a sting operation, posing as anti-whaling lobbyists with very deep pockets, wanting to buy votes.
The Times piece accused Japan of systematically bribing nations with sex, aid, cash and flights in return for their vote to overturn the 1982 ban on commercial whaling and end the hard won Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary – two huge environmental milestones in the battle to save the last of the whales. The journalists spoke extensively to officials from St. Kitts, Nevis Island, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Grenada, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Guinea, offering multi-million pound aid packages if they stopped supporting Japan at the IWC.
For example, within the last two years, Japan had given Tanzania the sum of $88 million pounds (about $160 million Canadian) in fisheries aid. Five Tanzanian government officials at the IWC were given $22,000 pounds for tuition fees and living expenses while they studied in Japan – that’s more than $40,000 Canadian per year times five officials – to get their fisheries degree at a Japanese university.
A Tanzanian official revealed that Japan “secretively” paid for the tickets and hotels for the IWC delegates from different countries. They were also taken on all-expenses-paid visits to Japan where “good girls” would be available.
The Sunday Times reporter asked the Tanzanian official, “So you think the other countries’ representatives are set up with prostitutes from Japan?” The official answered, “Yes, you know, yeah… it starts by… ‘You want massaging? It’s going to be free massaging. Are you lonely? You don’t want any comfort?’”
Both the Associated Press and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have previously aired stories in which Japanese officials have stated there is nothing wrong with using overseas development aid to buy votes. However, this is the first time prostitution and cash payments have been added to the list of bribes.
I learned the present Chair of the IWC has also received money from the Japanese. The Chair actually confirmed his flights and hotel were paid for by them, yet the NGOs would not call for his resignation. I noted to the NGO that this Chair was obviously in a compromised position and that he controlled the entire conference. When I asked why they would not ask for his resignation, the answer was, “It is better to know the devil you know than to get a new devil that you don’t know.”
After only two hours on Monday morning, the Chair stated, “We are now breaking into secret sessions to discuss the consensus proposal and we will be adjourning to Wednesday morning.”
The consensus proposal called for the approval of commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and other places at a fixed limit of about 1,300 whales per year for 10 years – a harvest of 13,000 whales. A whaling phase-down would follow, (not a phase-out). In other words, kill whales now for 10 years, in the hope that after 10 years we would start saving whales. Kill whales to save whales, sort of like fighting for peace. All this was happening behind closed doors with media and NGOs waiting for the verdict.
On Wednesday morning, it was clear the “deal” was dead. Chairman Livingstone, in his opening remarks, which reviewed the 10 intercessional meetings held since the Commission met in Alaska three years ago, as well as the work completed over the last two days, quickly revealed that many differences between parties remained unsettled, trade and “scientific” whaling among them. The process had been useful in that exchanges had been cordial and frank, but no consensus had been reached. Japan led off the commentary, saying it was willing to compromise to some extent, but unwilling to commit to zero after 10 years of legal whaling in the Antarctic.
On the edge of the Sahara Desert, the great whales were given one more year of reprieve. Japan is again in the position of violating the ban on commercial whaling and killing whales within the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The Japanese state they are killing whales for scientific purposes, yet not one peer review scientific paper has been published. Furthermore, they have never answered the question why it is necessary for them to kill whales for research when the world’s scientific community has been employing non-lethal DNA research for more than 20 years.
Despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling established in 1982 and a huge whale sanctuary surrounding Antarctica, roughly 2,000 whales are killed each year, including endangered and vulnerable species. More than 35,000 whales have been killed since the moratorium began.
Australia is preparing its court case against Japan in the International World Court in The Hague, for whaling within a sanctuary and selling their whale meat. If it wins, it will have the moral right to slap tariffs on Japan. Japan may have a bigger navy than Australia, but Japan’s economy is on the ropes; the prime minister likens Japan’s economy to Greece. A trade war would definitely increase the cost to defend Japanese whaling to a $2 billion+ enterprise. Economics will play a significant role in abolishing whaling industry.
I hope the United Nations creates a navy to enforce the many laws in place for the protection of the great oceans. There is also a need to enforce governance issues, such as buying votes. Diplomats should fear jail sentences in cases of bribery. The IWC, in order to maintain credibility with the world, must investigate and take action to stop such blatant usurpation of the Commission’s integrity.
As for the age-old question of whether or not mankind is an instrument for good or evil, a real battle ensued at the IWC and the profoundest changes took place within a short time frame. Yes, we beat back what amounted to a ridiculous proposal to legalize commercial whaling. Meanwhile, more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises and 2,000 large whales are slaughtered every year. Many other eco-battles lie ahead and I hope that all good people step forward and take an active role in saving our natural world from greed.
Let’s make mankind an instrument for good. There was a real battle here, where profound changes took place within a reduced time frame. Whales are a symbol of life on this planet. If we save the whales we save the humans. Fortunately the good side has won for now. Lets keep it that way. Get involved.
Rod Marining is a co-founder of Greenpeace International. He has sailed into nuclear test zones and has disrupted Antarctic whaling on the Sea Shepherd.
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Phuket’s Reefs Gain from Gathering of Experts
Sunday, June 20, 2010
PHUKET’S coral reefs will gain invaluable help this week from 450 experts taking part in the Second Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium, over five days on Phuket.
On Tuesday, many of them will dive off the reefs themselves, before returning to talk more about the problems that are assailing coral reefs throughout the region.
Phuket Vice Governor Treerayut Eamtakul said today that with so many difficulties to be surmounted to protect the Andaman’s coral reefs for the future, it was timely and useful to have experts from 35 countries offering up their ideas.
The symposium is being held at Royal Phuket City Hotel until Thursday, with the dive trips and mini-symposiums occupying the experts’ time. ”Phuket will be delighted to hear what these experts can tell us,” the vice governor said.
It’s only the second symposium of its kind – the first was held four years ago in Hong Kong. Associated Professor Put O. Ang jr of the Marine Science Laboratory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong told Phuketwan today that the South China Sea and surrounding area was the richest in the world for coral reefs, marine creatures and plants.
But it was a struggle to ward off destructive fishing methods, sedimentation and deforestation, which were responsible for a general deterioration of the marine environment.
”Eventually this affects the livelihood of people who depend on the reefs,” he said. Bleaching caused by the extra heat of global climate change is the latest challenge. ”If the corals die, the whole system will collapse,” he said.
Dr Thamasak Yeemin, chair of the symposium organising committee and a Professor at Ramkhamhaeng University, said some 40 to 50 percent of Thailand’s coral reefs had been affected by bleaching.
”We can’t control the temperature of the water but we can control the number of divers,” he said. ”Other effects from run-off and fishing can also be managed,” he said.
Quality of the coral reefs was the key, he said. ”The reefs are vital for the tourism industry, on Phuket and around the world,” he added.
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