SEA SHEPHERD

I’ve always been an advocate for whales. Watching countless hours of Sea Shepherd’s Whale Wars and my idol Paul Watson as he fights for the freedom of innocent creatures, dreaming that one day, I’ll be battling the Japanese whaling fleets on the MY Steve Irwin in Antarctica with him, side by side. Whales are sentient beings, beautiful individuals that roam the world’s oceans and deserve to do so, in peace….

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SHARKS

When I first started diving, I was terrified of encountering a blood thirsty Shark, thinking it might be my first and last meeting with a cold-blooded creature. My mind was filled with images and stories characterized by the media. Sharks have constantly been portrayed negatively and the worst of all of them, an American thriller film, Jaws, who has given the great white Sharks, tiger Sharks and bull Sharks an…

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INSTRUCTOR

I had no idea what to expect when I started my Instructor Development Course. In the last two weeks, I’ve learned so much and have been blessed with such great people guiding me through the course and preparing me for the Instructor Examination. My course director, Rod Bateman, is a truly unique person. He possesses such great patience and is very considerate.

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ALIVE AND BREATHING

A year ago, I did a presentation about the ocean in Chiang Mai. This was after I became an Advanced Open Water diver and started doing some more research about my new found passion. What I found was disturbing. I was never aware of what was going on underneath the surface. The Ocean is alive and breathing, rich in marine diversity;

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FLASHBACK

The month is coming to a close soon. Three months ago, I said, “I still have time… my Instructor development course doesn’t start until June.” It’s almost June. It’s crazy to think that only 6 months ago I finished my dive master course. And now, I’m going to become an instructor. I never thought in a million years, that I’d even be a dive master, let alone a diver! I…

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JELLYFISH

Many coastal areas around the world struggle with jellyfish blooms and it appears to be related to our impact on the oceans. In some areas jellyfish are an invasive species, especially in over-fished parts of the world. These blooms usually occur when there is a change in nutrients, prey increase or a reduction in predation. Jellyfish feed on small fish, crustaceans, and plankton and so if there is a decrease…

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KRABI’S COAL FIRED POWER PLANT

I’ve recently discovered that Krabi will have another coal-fired power plant built in Nuea Khlong sub district, which is located in the same site of the current power plant. The coal will be transported through Hin Daeng – Hin Mueng dive sites off the coast of Koh Lanta to dock at Krabi power plant’s pier. I’ve personally never been to these dive sites, but I’ve heard they are absolutely amazing!…

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BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY

Lately on my dives, I have seen countless numbers of lionfish. Lionfish also known as Pterois, are very venomous. They release nitric oxide which effects the contractions of the heart muscles and can be especially dangerous to divers. Their venomous sting can cause respiratory distress and even paralysis in some cases. They have a very distinctive maroon colour with white stripes and unique tentacles full of poison.

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SHARK GUARDIAN

Yesterday night at TJ’s sports bar and grill, Elizabeth Ward-Sing and Brendon Sing organized a very moving presentation about sharks and their critical role in the marine ecosystem. Shark guardian is a UK based charity created by Elizabeth and Brendon to help raise awareness of the shark fishing industry through education.

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YAWASAM

Koh Yawasam is a very popular dive site of the local islands here in Ao Nang and also my personal favourite. On a good day, the visibility can be incredible. On every dive I like to make my way to the north side of the island where I can find the ornate ghost pipefish and the common sea-horse, also known as the Hippocampus Kuda.

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