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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Capturing the moment.

A few (phone) snaps from what we’ve been up to recently…..i.e. running around, following sharks, chasing sunsets, sweating buckets (iww!) playing with new toys… all in the hope of capturing the moment!

I’m currently taking a look into the life of the worlds largest fish, from behind the lens ;-)

Work in progress; watch this space

x

#whale shark    #philippines    #travel    #film    #film crew    

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend filming with these babes. 
Sunrise dreams.

Photograph by Erin Calmes.

Happy Easter!
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend filming with these babes.
Sunrise dreams.

Photograph by Erin Calmes.

#keta films    #filming    #sunrise    #filmcrew    #film    #photography    

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Love the wonder of children.  

Filipino life. 

#kids    #philippines    #travel    #photography    #fruit    

#holyweek in the #Philippines the #Easter #celebrations have already started! #happyeaster

#philippines    #celebrations    #easter    #holyweek    #happyeaster    

Cool little poster from Beneath the Waves Film Festival, which featured mine and Steve De Neef’s short film ‘Tambalang’, about the seaweed farmers of Caluya, Philippines.

Cool little poster from Beneath the Waves Film Festival, which featured mine and Steve De Neef’s short film ‘Tambalang’, about the seaweed farmers of Caluya, Philippines.

#BTW    #beneath the waves    #film festival    #tambalang    #seaweed farmers    #steve de neef    #sally snow    #philippines    

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Take responsibility: Stop Shark Finning

The shark fin trade is booming due to the world-wide cooperation in killing these majestic animals.  This powerful video of a market in China not only highlights the shear numbers of sharks that are killed for their fins, but also lists the countries supplying the fins to China.  

Stop the supply -> Stop the selling.  

China may be leading the sales of shark fins, but the rest of the world  is supporting this industry by selling their precious resources.  

Sharks are worth much more alive than dead. 

Stop the shark fin trade.

#shark fin trade    #finning    #shark    #china    #market    #shark fin    #stop    #world    #sea shepard    

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The short film Steve De Neef and I made about the seaweed farmers of Caluya, Philippines has been featured by #BBC Three Fresh.

Unfortunately I can’t share their link here on Tumblr (this version is on my vimeo), but if you want to watch it on the BBC website click here and for my filmmaker profile ;-) have a goosey here 

The film is from mine and Steve’s trip to these remote islands back in December 2013 and is a look into the lives of the Seaweed Farmers the island, the devastation that #Typhoon #Haiyan brought and the communities challenge to rebuild what they lost during one of the largest storms to ever hit land.  

Massive thanks to the talented Steve De Neef -> www.stevedeneef.com  and a big thank you to our good friend Oneball, Shannon Arnold and of course the wonderful people of Caluya. 

Go philippines!

#philippines    #seaweed farmer    #alternative livelihood    #tyohoon yolanda    #typhoon haiyan    #film    #video    #documentary    #short    #sally snow    #steve de neef    #operation seaweed    #caluya    #sharktailmovies    

Monday, 7 April 2014

Research unites: Taiwan whale shark seen in the Philippines becomes first international photographic match in Asia.

Some incredible news from our LAMAVE whale shark research here in the Philippines. Go team asia ;-) !

  • P-545known as “Pasipiko” is the first whale shark in Asia to have been identified in 2 different countries.
  • This whale shark was caught in a fishing net in Taiwan in 2012 and successfully released. Less  than one year later “Pasipiko” was photographed by the researchers of the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines in the waters of Southern Leyte.
  • P-545 made a 1600km+ journey between countries.
  • This underlines the importance of scientific research and the need to strengthen international protection for these endangered species.

For further information continue reading below.

“Pasipiko” (http://www.whaleshark.org/individuals.jsp?number=P-545) was first identified in Taiwan by Dr Hua Hsun Hsu from the George Chen Shark Research Centre at the National Taiwan Ocean University has been re-sighted by whale shark researchers from the Large Marine Vertebrate Project in the Philippines (www.lamave.org), over 1600 km away.

It is the first international match between Asian countries using photo-Identification, a technique that enables scientists to identify individual whale sharks by photographing their unique spot pattern.  Similar to a human fingerprint the spot pattern of each shark is thought to be unique to every individual and the match highlights the importance of the technique globally as a research tool. 

The whale shark first came to Dr Hua Hsun Hsu attention after it became entangled in a Taiwanese fishing net; he identified the individual as a juvenile male whale shark, measuring 5.4m with the top of its tail missing.  Before releasing the shark, he and his team attached a small plastic tag with a number panel to the shark’s dorsal fin to aid future identification.  The shark was released from the net in Don-Au, Yilan on the 31st of May 2012.

Under a year later, on the 6th of April 2013, researchers working for the Non-Government-Organization (NGO) Physalus on their Large Marine Vertebrates Project (LAMAVE) re-sighted the shark in the waters of Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte, Philippines. 

The team have been studying whale sharks in the Bohol Sea since 2011 as part of Physalus’ nationwide study on the status of the whale shark population in the Philippines.  The whale shark, identified internationally as P-545 (http://www.whaleshark.org/individuals.jsp?number=P-545) and renamed “Pasipiko” (Pacific Ocean in Tagalog, Philippines language) was the 30th shark identified by the research team in this remote area and the 545th whale shark to be identified in the Philippines. 

The team saw the shark for only a few minutes before it disappeared into the deep, but it was enough time to take a photo-ID of the body and to notice the small plastic attachment on the sharks’ dorsal fin.

Whale shark P545 photographed by LAMAVE Researchers in Southern Leyte, Philippines.  A hint of the yellow number tag deployed by Dr Hsu can be seen on the dorsal fin.

The tag however was missing the number panel, and the spot pattern was not present in the international database Wildbook for whale shark at www.whaleshark.org.  It wasn’t until Dr Hua Hsun Hsu joined the LAMAVE team in February 2014 to strengthen collaboration between the Philippines and Taiwan that he was able to recognize the individual.  He confirmed the finding using his photographs from 2012.

The minimum distance the shark travelled was in excess of 1600km.  The distance between the two sightings verifies the capability of these migratory animals to travel between countries and highlights the importance of protecting the species worldwide. While currently listed as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List, whale sharks are still under threat from poaching in South East Asia and other areas around the world.  A recent report by Wild Life Risk exposed one of the biggest slaughters of whale sharks in PuQi, Zhejiang Province, China, which is thought to slaughter over 600 whale sharks annually for the production of ‘fish oil’, shark skin bags, shark fin soup and further use of the meat as food (http://wildliferisk.org/press-release/ChinaWhaleSharks-WLR-Report-ENG.pdf).  The continued threat of poaching coupled with the migratory capabilities of these sharks emphasizes the urgency to protect the species on a worldwide scale.  For over a century whale sharks were hunted in the Philippines, until became protected in 1998. Taiwan protected this species in 2007.

Scientists studying whale sharks hope that a better understanding of the sharks’ movements across regions will help aid the species protection outside the boundaries of one country, offering better protection world wide. The deployment of a satellite tag by Dr Hua Hsun Hsu in the Bohol Sea with the Large Marine Vertebrates Project, Philippines will shed further light into the migration of these giants in South East Asia and possibly beyond, while simultaneously strengthening international collaboration in shark research.   

 Author: Sally Snow, Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines                         Website: www.lamave.org

Facebook: Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines                                     Twitter: lamaveproject 

For more information please contact: s.snow@lamave.org

Individuals interested in purchasing photographs of shark P-545, generic whale shark photographs and LAMAVE research in Southern Leyte should visit: https://www.picfair.com/pics/whaleshark-tag; https://www.picfair.com/pics/whale-shark-lamave-1 ; https://www.picfair.com/pics/whale-shark-3 and browse the lamave project profile.

Form more whale shark or research photos contact Steve De Neef at www.stevedeneef.com

Physalus, NGO, Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines - Physalus is a non-profit, non-government organization founded in Italy, operating primarily for the protection of the environment through marine conservation initiatives. Its Large Marine Vertebrates Project, Philippines (LAMAVE) was initiated in 2010 to conduct scientific research and raises awareness in the Philippines. As an NGO the project relies on grants, private donations, volunteers and sponsorship to carry out its work.

Dr Hua Hsun Hsu Ph. D.   hsuhuahsun@yahoo.com.tw

Department of Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science/George Chen Shark Research Center,

National Taiwan Ocean University, 2, Pei-Ning Road, Keelung, Taiwan 20224 

#reserach    #philippines    #taiwan    #whale shark    #shark    #conservation    #marine conservation    #science    #international    #southern leyte    

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Community love.  

I love just walking around the small fishing villages here.  There’s always so much to see - from the traditional cock fighting that goes on, to the children who help run the family shop, to the mums and babies that hang out all day together, and of course the fishermen who come home with the days catch.

#philippines    #travel    #blog    #photographs    #kids    #fishermen    #village    #cock fighting    

Friday, 4 April 2014

YAY for the whales!!!!
A fabulous little message from Greenpeace:
"The news just keeps on getting better for whales!The whales of the Southern Ocean are not going to be hunted this year for the first time in over a century after the Government of Japan has officially cancelled the planned hunt this year.For over 30 years, we (Greenpeace) have been standing together against whaling and senseless ocean destruction. Join the movement to defend the ocean now and stand together for all the next victories »http://bit.ly/QHF3tKThen SHARE this post with everyone to join the celebration!”

YAY for the whales!!!!

A fabulous little message from Greenpeace:

"The news just keeps on getting better for whales!

The whales of the Southern Ocean are not going to be hunted this year for the first time in over a century after the Government of Japan has officially cancelled the planned hunt this year.

For over 30 years, we (Greenpeace) have been standing together against whaling and senseless ocean destruction. Join the movement to defend the ocean now and stand together for all the next victories »http://bit.ly/QHF3tK

Then SHARE this post with everyone to join the celebration!”
#greenpeace    #whaling    #whale    #ban    #hunt    #japan    #celebrate    #conservation