“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea” - Sylvia Earle #morningaftertyphoon#curlyhairdontcare#saltlife ⚓️
Since I have been ranting and raving about sighting Thresher Sharks in Monad Shoal, I decided to share a profile shot with everyone (I edited it so it looks like a painting/sketch). Photographing them is apparently a challenge and for an amateur UW photographer like me and with poor vis post Typhoon at around 5:30am, it was even more of a challenge with my Olympus Tg5. Flashes and strobes are not allowed as they have very sensitive eyes.
But for the sake of education and spreading awareness to my non-diving friends, here are some facts of this beauty:
Threshers grow up to a length of 5-6 meters, about half of which is the huge scythe-like tail for which it is named. They normally live in deep water and are nocturnal (night creatures), so are not often seen by divers. They have very small, sharp teeth and very big eyes to see in the dark. Probably why I find them so very cute. They eat squid and schooling fish such as herring and mackerel and they use their tails to "corral" the fish into denser schools. The tail may also be used to stun the fish
Monad Shoal near Malapascua is a sunken island at 16-32m whose sides drop off to 230m. The thresher sharks live and hunt in this deep water for most of the day, but in the early morning, before it gets too light, they come up to the Shoal, attracted by its cleaning stations. Here they have a symbiotic relationship with cleaner wrasse which eat dead skin and bacteria from the shark's body, its gills, and even inside its mouth. Think of it as a car wash for fish! .
Sadly, like most other shark species, the number of thresher sharks in the world is declining due to over fishing for their fins and meat. Monad Shoal is a marine park to help protect these creatures.
They like to swim in circles and because of this they came into view a few times. Not a great photo but the memory will remain. 🦈🦈 .
@ohdakuwaqa I think I am going to make you draw a comical thresher for me 😃
I know I tend to make all the rules, I know I think I am always right, I know I am blunt AF and I know I have no patience...but if I ask or think of you or am still with you, it’s because you are the “Stars” in my life, day & night. You inspire me every day and I am a better woman because of you. You know who you are and I thank you for accepting my imperfections and still genuinely being there for me, as I always, will be there for you! Happy Chinese New Year to all the stars in my life! #starlightstarbright#chinesenewyear2018#malapascuaisland#shellfishlove
Flew into Cebu during Tropical Storm Basyang. The worst turbulence and landing I have ever experienced with at least four people throwing up (quite surprisingly the flight was on time). A 3 hour drive to Maya RoRo Port and the Boat Captain says "yes, we are sailing!" So we sit in the outrigger canoe (bangka) not entirely sure if this was a good idea.
Holding on to everything we could, we prayed for our lives as this was quite possibly also the worst boat ride ever. Stephanie (@nia001 ) described this as a Universal studio simulation ride.
In the end I am pleased to report that, we arrived safely and the storm has left the building. It was 6am, the sun was rising and we decided to finally take a nap knowing we will not be diving in the morning due to post TD weather conditions.
On a serious note, isn't it sad that we are experiencing typhoons during a time which is meant to be the best hot summer months for diving in the Philippines? #climatechangeisreal#lifeisanadventure#chinesenewyeargetaway
Just a little reminder to my IG friends/followers who would like to consider making a donation to support my "WWF Run for Wild 10K Challenger Run" on 25.02.18.
Please note that, by donating you are contributing to the success of Run for Wild and this support is extremely important to WWF's conservation & education work.
This years theme is #RaceAgainstExtinction and we will be representing #Sharks out of the 6 listed species threatened with extinction.
Your donation can be as less as US$2. 😀Deadline for donations is 21.02.18 (link in bio)
Hoping you will help me reach my fundraising target. 🙏 Thank you!! 🏃🏽♀️💙🦈 #wwfhk#run4wild
I am very delighted to share with everyone that I will be participating in the "2018 WWF Run for Wild" 10km Challenger Run with a team of 4 on 25 February 2018. A race for people with a passion for running, sustainable living, climate change & protecting wildlife species. .
The theme of the race is "Race against Extinction" and we have chosen to run for SHARKS. .
We, Jawsome 4 would like to encourage anyone who wish to donate online at our personal fundraising webpage (link in bio). All donations will go to WWF Biodiversity Campaign Funds. Deadline for fundraising is 21 February 2018 and donations of HK$100 and above will be tax-deductible and a donation receipt will be sent to you by 31 March 2018. .
As Dr. Sylvia Earle quotes, "Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks”. .
Hong Kong, as you know is the world’s biggest shark fin trading hub and some of the more endangered ones are the more common ones on the market. There are many organizations working towards spreading awareness on the importance of shark conservation in Hong Kong and we are doing just that in hope to end this secretive domestic trade one day so our future generation will not remember them as extinct animals. .
Thank you for your contribution in advance! 🦈🙏💙
It really annoys me when people ask for their money back when they don't get to see big fish on a dive. I wish people would rather take a moment and wonder why there aren't any big fish in the ocean or why are the corals bleached? These are signs that our oceans are in so much need of our help, oceans that we as humans have wreaked havoc to in so many ways because of our greed for materialistic things, convenience to name a few!! Instead, use this dive experience as a calling to help an ocean conservation cause and there are so many out there. #weneedoxygentobreathe#oceanconservation#saveourseas