LAMAVE is thrilled to announce their latest collaboration with Blood Red Clothing. Blood Red® designs, develops and produces innovative and functional clothing and accessories for sailing and watersports. Creativity is at the core of the brand and like LAMAVE, it is a young team of people who share a mutual passion that drives the company. Read More
Guest author: Alice Forrest The Large Marine Vertebrate Project (LAMAVE) team up with Shark Defenders to protect sharks & rays worldwide LAMAVE have joined forces with Shark Defenders in the campaign for better global protection and management of shark and ray species. Assessments of 480 species of sharks by the International Union for Conservation of Read More
Our LAMAVE team has travelled all across the Philippines in search of whale sharks. We have projects in Cebu, Sorsogon and Southern Leyte studying the species, but over the years we have also visited and worked in Mati Davao and Quezon, Pulong Alabat.
Here is one of our past team members Catherine So, interviewing a local fisherman about his experience with whale shark in the local bay. Talking to local fishermen can unlock vital clues about whale shark seasonality, numbers and behaviour in their area, which can help us with our research and our investigations.
It's a Booby! A brown booby to be exact. We don't get to see many seabirds here in the Philippines, but 150km from land, in the middle of the Sulu Sea, lies Bird Islet - where more than 20,000 seabirds can be found in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The two islet, Bird Islet being one of them, serve as the main rookery and breeding ground of six seabird species, including this beautiful specimen photographed by our very own Ryan Murray.
With the Habagat season finally upon us, the whale shark season in Southern Leyte has come to a close. Habagat refers to the prevailing winds from the west, and the next few months bring what many refer to as the monsoon or southwest monsoon here in the Philippines. A time when seas are rougher and the weather more unpredictable.
The 2015 season has been successful and LAMAVE have had a great team on the ground. We can't wait to return to Southern Leyte later in the year, once the winds change direction again!
A big thank you to the team, the community and the LGU for all the great work! Here's to next season! ... See MoreSee Less
Our volunteers are a fundamental part of our research. They are in the water everyday collecting photo ID of whale sharks and turtles, conducting behavioral surveys and collecting samples off the animals. When they are not in the water they are working on papers, spread sheets and data analysis. Without their hard work LAMAVE wouldn't be where it is today!