Travelling off the beaten track in search of Manta Rays
LAMAVE have been studying rays in the Philippines since 2012, initially in Bohol but more recently in Masbate, where an underwater sea mount is proving to be one of the most important sites for manta rays in the country. Manta Bowl is a sea mount located off the coast of Ticao Island. It lies in the middle of the Ticao Pass, a productive strait that separates Ticao Island from the Bicol Peninsula in the Philippines. The bowl ranges in depths, but is effectively a plateau around 20-30meters deep that emerges from the depths of the pass; it is surrounded by much deeper water and is a beacon for marine megafauna.
Philippines officially hosts world’s second largest known population of whale sharks
Philippines, March 3, 2019, The Philippines officially hosts the second largest known population of whale sharks in the world according to Wildbook for Whale Sharks, a global online population catalogue used by scientists and the public.
The Philippine population total, which now stands at >1,600 individual whale sharks, was reached through the submission of photo-identification data from dedicated work by LAMAVE, WWF-Philippines and avid and active members of the public. Previously, Australia was recognised as the second largest known population on the database, while Mexico remains the number one global hotspot, with more than 2,400 individual whale sharks identified in its waters. The Philippines’ progression to the number two spot, highlights the global significance of the archipelago for this endangered species, and emphasises the country as a conservation leader for the species in South East Asia.
LAMAVE Researcher Sue Ong gives us the low down on #IMCC5 in Kuching, Malaysia
by Sue Ong
Sue Ong, is a LAMAVE Project Leader, currently based on Apo Island, Negros Oriental. Originally from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, Sue shares her experience of attending her first ever International Conference and why she is determined to pursue conservation goals in the Philippines. Here's what the passionate conservationist had to share...