Living in a land of coconuts, rainbows and unicorn glitter
WANTED: Volunteers to live and work in the Philippines, studying sharks on a remote tropical island and generally living in a land of coconuts, rainbows and unicorn glitter
Erm… where do I sign?
Walking in the street by my home in Mexico I can be as lonely as in a misty forest. Things are different here in the Philippines; everyone says ‘hello’ or calls my name. When I first arrived in Donsol local people commented that I never smiled, that I was lulong (crazy). But I am shy! It’s not so easy for me to talk with people...
DUCK-DIVING WITH GIANTS
It’s an overcast and breezy, yet warm, morning. I’m standing on the sea’s edge, looking out across the water imagining and anticipating what’s to come - I’ll be swimming with whale sharks for the first time today. This amazing revelation doesn’t quite hit though – my alarm woke me at 6:30 in the morning, after which I staggered around the house looking for breakfast before being gently herded into town, bundled onto a jeepney (public bus) and deposited on site, all in a state far from wakefulness.
Crossing the Sulu Sea to the island of "You will Enjoy"
The next stage of the BRUV project for the LAMAVE team was to survey a small group of islands in the centre of the Sulu Sea under the Cagayancillo municipality. The islands consist of Cagayancillo, where we are based and the largest of the three, Calusa and Cawilli.
Fabien Vivier, gives you the break down on LAMAVEs whale shark project in Southern Leyte.
Ever wondered what the daily life of a researcher/volunteer is? Let me briefly explain you how our days are conducted.
Every day before going in the field, we need to coordinate with the community to know whether a boat is coming our way or not as well as the time of the meeting (and it can be quite tricky sometimes, even though it seems to be an easy task)...
Who does not enjoy a good nature documentary? Nobody! At least this is the case on Saturday nights at the project site of LAMAVE’s Bohol fisheries project. Every Saturday we erect our home-made screen and set up a projector to show a documentary to the local community and thank them for their kind assistance in our fieldwork.
Top Gear crossed with Science and National Geographic
I joined the LAMAVE BRUV Project sometime near the end of March after a friend (out here on the Otter Project) messaged me on Facebook telling me of a last minute space on the project if I was interested, it took all of 2 seconds to make up my mind so I quit my job and in 2 weeks just about managed to get myself ready for the biggest and most spontaneous trip of my life so far.
THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE MOTHER
Thank you for stopping by. What I am going to discuss next may shock and astound you. The faint of heart are advised to take their seats now.
The ocean holds many mysteries, mysteries we have not even begun to unravel. One of those mysteries has captured everyone’s attention at LAMAVE: whale shark biology.
How The Oceans, And I, Struggle with Plastic
[...] Every day, I started my mornings by diving deep into the Bohol Sea. Some days it was beautiful, but some days, the ocean disappoints. High waves engulf you and the strong current drags in tons of plastic litter. With every kick, I go deeper into drifting entanglements of plastic snack wraps, plastic bags, bottle caps and straws. And on those days, I collect plastic litter till my hand cramps from clutching them.