Welcome to the new Large Marine Vertebrates Project website! We’ve been working hard at this for the last couple of months, so we really hope that you really enjoy the look and feel of the site. There’s lots of new and updated information, so please take the time to read around. If you happen to Read More
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WHALE SHARK DAY! In 2008, whale shark experts that came together in Isla Holbox for the International whale shark conference decided that August 30th should be a day to celebrate these majestic creatures. Just as well for these animals as they’re gaining popularity with the general public. However, it should not be forgotten that despite Read More
Three of our LAMAVE team made it up to Glasgow, Scotland to attend and present at the third International Marine Conservation Congress #IMCC3. Organised by the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB), IMCC is the most important international meeting for marine conservation professionals and students. This years congress was about Making Marine Science Matter with the aim of Read More
Research unites: Taiwan whale shark seen in the Philippines becomes first international photographic match in Asia. P-545 known 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 Read More
Large Marine Vertebrate Project (LAMAVE) team up with the Philippines’ Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Project on Marine Wildlife Tourism LAMAVE have been working with the national Department of Tourism (DOT) and Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) in assessing marine wildlife tourism across the country, in particular whale shark interaction. DOT’s consultant Dr. AA Read More
LAMAVE encounter a school of Mobula Rays Whilst surveying the Ticao Pass in the Philippines, members of the Large Marine Vertebrate Project (LAMAVE) came across a school of Mobula Rays feeding in a dense plankton bloom. The species in the video is the Mobula japanica, (commonly referred to as a Devil ray) and there must Read More
Thank you from Operation Seaweed Caluya Since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines back in November 2013, LAMAVE have hooked up with Operation Seaweed Caluya, a fundraising initiative that is helping the seaweed farmers of Caluya get back on their feet after Typhoon Haiyan swept away 80% of their seaweed crops. For more than 4000 families Read More
2013 has been a fabulous year for the Large Marine Vertebrates team (LAMAVE), here in the Philippines, but also right across the world! Here are just some of our highlights…. JANUARY- LAMAVE’s project studying Ray Fisheries was well under way. Fishing is a way of life here in the Philippines, recording what is being caught Read More
As part of our conservation efforts, we at LAMAVE hold educational talks in local schools/communities in provinces where some of our projects are based. We believe that in order to help create change, it must come from the bottom-up; we aim to make the local children and local communities become more aware of the environment, Read More
After years of being illegally and improperly held at a head-starting facility, and after more than a year without any proper nesting site, the first group of hawksbill turtle hatchlings finally crawled to freedom on the amazing white sand of Anda! On the 24th of August 2012, the first group of hatchlings finally emerged! Around Read More
Twenty eight individuals from a mix of dive masters, boat managers, law enforcers, and park staff were added to the pool of wildlife conservationists after completing the Elasmobranch Research and Conservation Training last February 24 and 25.
Lectures were given out by Dr. Alessandro Ponzo, Atty. Marissa Fox, and Mr. Ryan Murray on the first day of training. The three are part of LAMAVE which has key conservation projects in the Visayan seas. They introduced the LAMAVE Project to the audience as well as giving talks about the top predators of Tubbataha, shark biology and Identification, shark interaction best practices, and shark cataloguing through photo-identification.
LAMAVE touch down in Donsol, Sorsogon to collaborate with WWF-Philippines on identifying whale sharks in Donsol Bay - the Philippines original whale shark tourism destination. Bring on the sharks! #shark #lamave #wwfphils ... See MoreSee Less
Meet P-771. This mature 8m+ male was identified today by our team in Southern Leyte. These mature individuals are super rare in the Visayas as most individuals are juvenile and 5.5m in length. The team saw him naturally feeding on thick concentrations of plankton! Have you ever seen one of these giants? ... See MoreSee Less
Great news..perfect way to celebrate #worldwildlifeday . Talking to dive operators and boat captains today, we identified 2 new places with possible remaining populations of #sawfish in the #Philippines. Will go check soon. So excited. ... See MoreSee Less