Shark Tails through the goggles of a sea loving Zoologist

Click here to SEE our WHALE SHARK CONSERVATION MISSION > SHARE IT to help us win $50,000 for research

Saving the oceans via Skype! ;-)

Our LAMAVE team comes from all around the world - Italy, Argentina, USA, Wales, Belgium, Ireland….and of course the Philippines - this means when we’re on the road a lot of our planning happens via the help of the tinternet!

This is a cheeky snap of this mornings chat with the wonderful Marissa Fox and Kate So, two of our team coordinating things in the Philippines at the moment.  Just look at their smiling faces!!

Kate filmed Marissa for our latest LAMAVE MISSION ‘Above Giants' - our entry into National Geographic Expedition Granted+ competition.  The idea > to study whale sharks from the sky with the help of a flying boat!  Check out her video HERE and share our entry #abovegiants

Latest MISSION from our Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines (LAMAVE) team - Above Giants Expedition - #whaleshark conservation from the sky! We’ve got the tags, we now need a boat….A FLYING BOAT!!

Watch Marissa Fox’s video for LAMAVE’s entry to National Geographic Expedition Granted+ - if we win they’ll give us $50,000 for whale shark research. 

What will the boat will allow us to do?

To further explore the waters of the Philippines and South East Asia, searching for new aggregations of whale sharks from the sky (much faster and more efficient than by sea).  Mapping aggregations will help us determine key areas for whale sharks in South East Asia which will enable us to create better protection for these amazing animals. Uncovering aggregations of adult sharks would be a massive step in helping solve the mystery of where whale sharks may be reproducing.

HOW you can help?

The more people that share our video the higher our chances of us winning. PLEASE watch our video submission, then on the right hand side is a share box - please click on all the options you can to share our video. The more share love we have the closer we get to winning!

You can watch and share our video HERE

There will also be an online vote between the 16th and 29th of September.  LIKE our ABOVE GIANTS EXPEDITION FACEBOOK PAGE  to keep up to date with our project and as a reminder to VOTE. 

Together we can win this. Do your bit to support whale shark conservation. JOIN us, SHARE the LOVE, DO it NOW.

Thanks a million x

p.s. please REBLOG. Thanks tumblr lovelies. x

Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark II Aperture : f/10 Exposure : 1/200th Focal Length : 24mm

For those days when you  wish that this was the way you walked home from work too. 

Philippine love.


…here’s hoping I live as long as the worlds largest fish, what we believe to be up to 100 years!  

To celebrate, here is a whale shark Steve De Neef, Verena (one of our LAMAVE interns) and I photographed off Southern Leyte in the Philippines last year.  What’s so special about this individual, is that it became the first whale shark to be identified internationally between two countries in Asia using photograph Identification as a tool.  He was first seen in Taiwan in 2012 by Dr Hua Hsun Hsu, and then by our LAMAVE team in 2013 in the Philippines - that’s a minimum journey of 1600km!

For more on this story and the work we do head to our LAMAVE blog.   

Happy international whale shark day! LOVE SHARKS, LOVE THE OCEAN. 


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