As many of you know, I along with some of our LAMAVE team and a couple of international scientists are heading to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, to assess the shark & ray biodiversity of the Park.
One of our main goals is to understand the movement and residency patterns of some of the shark species that visit the park. We will be working closely with the Park’s management office (Tubbataha Management Office) with the aim of doing the following:
- Satellite tagging whale sharks & tiger sharks
- Deploying Remote Underwater Videocameras (RUVs)
- Conducting Aerial Surveys using Quadcopters
- Genetic studies
We’ve had a researcher based at the Tubbataha Ranger’s station since early March, already collecting RUV footage from around the atolls. He has confirmed the presence of: Tiger sharks, Scalloped hammerheads, White, blacktip reef sharks, Grey reef sharks, Mobula sp. rays, Whale sharks, Leopard & bamboo sharks
We have one space available for an adventurer with a passion for our oceans. We’ll be embarking on a research liveaboard vessel from the Philippines on the 14th of May, and will be at sea for 10 nights. The prices of the expedition is $3,000 (USD). All proceeds go to the full realisation of the expedition.
If this sounds like you, or you know somebody that might be interested in this unique opportunity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks as always,