• Shark Trip

    Tubbataha

    Shark Trip!

    LAMAVE joins Philippine Siren in Tubbataha

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While the Tubbataha 2016 season is barely over, we already look forward to coming season, which is already filling up swiftly.


Check out this exciting event in spring 2017: hop on board the Philippine Siren on our 29 March- 4 April 2017 – 6 nights cruise and get even more out of your Tubbataha liveaboard dive trip!

Trip hightlights:

  • Assist the LAMAVE team in monitoring sharks and rays’ movement and habitat use.
  • Join in for exploratory dives to deploy new acoustic receivers to track individual tiger and grey reef sharks and analyse the gathered data from existing receivers.
  • Help identifying individual whale sharks, manta rays and turtles to be able to count their numbers and understand their role in ecosystem of the Natural Park.

Shark Trip with LAMAVE

LAMAVE – Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines – is the largest independent non-profit non-governmental organisation dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna and the protection of their habitats in the Philippines. They have been working with the Tubbataha Management Office and its rangers since 2015 to assess the biodiversity, shark/ray behaviour and study the whereabouts of shark/ray species in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and international waters. You can find out more about LAMAVE on: www.lamave.org.

One of the main goals of this expedition on the Philippine Siren is to retrieve and deploy acoustic monitoring stations, and download the data for the first time to see how tiger sharks and gray reef sharks use the North and South Atolls of Tubbataha Reefs.

Working in close collaboration with the Tubbataha Management Office, LAMAVE apply several research techniques to gather their data. The divers will be trained in these data collection methods, especially in Photo-Identification. This technique aims to identify single individual animals based on the distribution of the unique spots and stripes patterns on their body. Divers will be able to match each of their photos taken during the encounter with the national and international catalogue to learn more about the history of each individual mantas and whale sharks and directly contribute to the conservation of the species. This -so called- Citizen Science does not stop with whale sharks and mantas. LAMAVE, in collaboration with the Tubbataha Management Office, use divers’ photos and reports to assess the biodiversity of these amazing corners of paradise.

LAMAVE’s ongoing research

To date, LAMAVE’s research has shown the presence of 23 different species of sharks and rays within the park! Besides their research activities, an equally important part of their work is providing information, education and raising awareness. LAMAVE’s researchers visit local schools across the country, offer film screenings, conduct community art projects and give lectures on plastic pollution, sustainability, coral reefs and (whale) sharks.

Whilst on board, Gonzalo Araujo, who is one of LAMAVE’s executive directors, will give several presentations on how they conduct their research. Gonzalo has been working in the Philippines since 2011. He moved there to dive some of the best reefs in the world. He soon realized the urgency of protecting the big species in our oceans and for that purpose he joined LAMAVE in July 2012. Ever since, he has supervised whale shark research and conservation across different sites in the Philippines. He is interested in the movement and ecology of marine megafauna and how we can study them through minimally to non-invasive methods. This includes the use of lasers - photogrammetry, satellite and acoustic tags, remote cameras and new technologies involving DNA. Understanding a species presence and whereabouts is essential to advise the authorities and ensure their conservation.

Philippine Siren

Doing our bit

Worldwide Dive & Sail embraces LAMAVE’s work and objectives and we will donate a portion of all income of this cruise to them. Therefore, sign up for this special cruise, in order for you to participate and contribute in multiple ways to help this NGO continue their valuable work! Contact us today at philippines@wwdas.com for more information and bookings.

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