The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is teaching a marine conservatation course for divers on Pom Pom island. This is a 6 day 5 night course staying at a heavily discounted rate at a resort on a beautiful tropical island. This couse will be at the start of the turtle nesting season and should enable us to see turtle mating as well as nesting and egg layig. We will visit marine protected areas and experience some of the conservation efforts that are being used to help coral reefs, seagr
As scheduled, on June 19-20, 2011 we made a trip with a group of kids and parents from the High/Scope Indonesia school. The trip which has been prepared in about a month was named: "High/Scope Mums & Kids Goes To Pulau Seribu, Protecting The Ocean One Little Step at A Time".
The trip was joined by 4 pre-schoolers (3 years old) and 2 elementary grade students, plus their parents. They are:
This year we conducted 2 beach clean ups, a reef clean up dive & a Coral Watch survey snorkel, all on 22nd April - Dive For Earth Day. We were busy!! These activities were conducted with the involvement of: diving & non diving guests; Blue Guru & Golden Buddha Resort staff and 2 local Thai fishermen.
Blue Guru conducted its 2nd season of the Whale Shark Program in 2011. We very much hoped to repeat our success from 2010 of spotting a previously unrecorded whale shark. Last year we snorkeled twice with a 5-6m whale shark at Richelieu Rock. The 7 participants of the program recorded data & took photographs, which were submitted to Project AWARE's Whale Shark Project database, run in conjunction with the Shark Trust, and Ecocean's photo library. It was the first time this particular shark had been recorded in either database. How exciting!
Blue Guru will be running its Whale Shark Program for the 3rd season in 2012.
In 2010, participants spotted a Whale Shark never before recorded in either Project Aware's Whale Shark Program database (run by Shark Trust) or Ecocean's photo library. By submitting data & photos, we can now track where this whale shark is seen as it migrates through the Andaman Sea and potentially around the world. Will it return to Richelieu Rock again?