It is almost Christmas and here at Exotic Island Dive Resort in Malapascua we are busy teaching. From DSD and Open Water to Advanced and Divemaster. I have been teaching all of our DMTs our own PADI Dinstinctive Thresher Shark Specialty Course this week.
During the course they will learn more about our regular visitors, the threshers. About their anatomy, about why they come to the Malapascua area, and about the threats to their numbers. They will also learn more about what they can do to help protect all sharks including the thresher sharks.
The areas around Malapascua that the thresher sharks frequent are marine protected areas, and there are also measures taken by all the dive shops on the island to help to protect these creatures and minimise any damage to the shoal (underwater mountain) which is so important to them.
And for the last month, it seems that these combined efforts are working. We have been having great luck on our daily thresher shark dives, with multiple sharks spotted on almost every dive!
Lets hope this luck lasts into 2012!
Merry Christmas everybody :)