Koh Phi Phi and Ao Nang, Thailand, get some serious Shark Guardian education!

Shark Guardian rounded off a busy few weeks visiting key diving locations on the west of Thailand. A few days on Koh Phi Phi included a very well attended presentation. Plus the Shark Guardian directors went diving and snorkelling in search of sharks and valuable research data. Finally Ao Nang last week proved a valuable time to educate another 2 groups of enthusiastic divers, volunteers and tourists. With an extra bit of eduction in dive shops to promote Thailand eShark, this has been a most enjoyable and highly positive start to the west coast diving season.

Shark Guardian with projects Abroad, Ao Nang

Shark Guardian with projects Abroad, Ao Nang

Koh Phi Phi

Shark Guardian on Koh Phi Phi with Blue View Divers

Shark Guardian on Koh Phi Phi with Blue View Divers

At the start of November Shark Guardian spent a very productive few days on Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Thailand. A presentation hosted by Shark Guardian Dive Center Blue View Divers was a fun filled shark evening. This was a great time to connect with the staff at Blue View who are fabulous in supporting all Shark Guardian projects, offering that bit extra to their guests when it comes to sharks and conservation.

Blue View Shark night

Blue View Shark night

A few days of snorkelling and diving unfortunately identified no sharks. However this is important reserach data for Thailand eShark Phase 2 which is well on its way now. There seems to be a few obvious locations now in Thailand where black tip reef shark populations have reduced massively, or potentially been wiped out. This is very sad news. But with evidence of past data to compare recent sightings, Shark Guardian hope to turn this into postive action with stronger fishing laws and marine protected reserves.

Ao Nang, Krabi: 2 presentations and dive shop visits!

Friday the 14th of November was a busy day for Shark Guardian in Ao Nang on the west coast of Thailand. First location was a return to the Projects Abroad Headquarters and the first personal Shark Guardian presentation there. 13 volunteers really enjoyed learning more about sharks. Plus they were all very excited to hear about research in the area and how they can all contribute. Shark Guardian look forward to seeing the Thailand eShark participation from Projects Abroad who provided extensive data for us during Phase 1 of the Project.

Shark Guardian at TJ's

Shark Guardian at TJ’s

A return to TJ’s Bar and Grill in Ao Nang in the evening was a huge success. A full house with old and new faces was such great fun for Shark Guardian. An update on activities over the past 6 months plus a focus on projects including Thailand eShark, Spot the Leopard shark and the new Whale Shark monitoring project. Huge enthusiasm from the crowd, some interesting questions and a lot of motivation for all projects. This was follwed up with some dive shop visits the next day which included a small interview from a Swedish student currently in Ao Nang on an intern project!  Shark Guardian look forward to returning to Ao Nang later in the year.

Shark resources available to all Thailand dive shops

eShark posters available now

eShark posters available now

Shark Guardian continue to give posters and handouts to all Thailand dive, snorkel and free diving centers to help promote Shark Guardian projects as well as shark education in general. Please get in touch if you or your dive shop would like more information. In the next few weeks Shark Guardian will be presenting on dive boats in Khao Lak. And at the start of December, special events with Spot the Leopard Shark researcher Christine Dudgeon may be at a Thailand location near you!

Hong kong Tshirt Competition Winner announced!!

The Shark Guardian Hong Kong School Tshirt competition finally came to a close last week as the winner was awarded their design on their very own tshirt! After hundreds of entries from the 14 schools Shark Guardian visited in May/June 2014, Kelly Wong from Quarry Bay School was named the outright winner. Shark Guardian directors sent a special congratulatory video to be played to announce the winner at the school. Kelly was then given her own shirt – a huge congratulations to this fabulous Shark Guardian!

Shark Guardian Hong Kong Tshirt competition 2014

Shark Guardian Hong Kong Tshirt competition 2014

New Shark Guardian Tshirt designed by a Hong Kong student

Shark Guardian wanted a new tshirt to complement their time in Hong Kong. During the second Hong Kong school tour in May/June this year, all schools visited were asked to reflect on the learning delivered through the Shark Guardian educational presentations. Shark Guardian asked students to come up with a new tshirt design to share important messages but also to send a positive message about sharks. The winning design was a firm favourite amongst the judges from the start and Shark Guardian hope you agree that it does a great job. It conveys the message ‘Say No to Shark Fin’ whilst showing a beautiful ocean scene on the back to show how important sharks are.

Back of the new tshirt with important ocean messaage

Back of the new tshirt with important ocean messaage

WINNER: Kelly Wong, Quarry BAy School, Hong Kong

WINNER: Kelly Wong, Quarry Bay School, Hong Kong

Tshirt competition winner

A surprised Kelly is congratulated!

A surprised Kelly is congratulated!

Kelly Wong was 9 years old when she drew the design. She is currently in Year 5 at Quarry Bay school. Quarry Bay teacher and Shark Guardian follower Stephanie  Gilchrist said that Kelly was shocked and surprised when her name was read out on the video! “She looked a little confused and disbelieving and was a little lost for words!”. Kelly loves the ocean and the animals inside it and “was inspired by the Shark Guardian talk in school” to create the fabulous design.

Get your own limited edition Hong Kong tshirt!

If you would like your own Hong Kong Tshirt designed by Kelly then please see our website or email us directly at info@sharkgardian.org for more information. Shark Guardian hope that lots of students wear these tshirts around Hong Kong to play a role in the education of the wider issue of shark finning and shark fin soup consumption, where Hong Kong plays such a key role in both aspects.

Congratulations!

Once again thank you to Kelly and to Quarry Bay and all schools for supporting the competition. The entries from Quarry Bay were immense and there has been lots of follow up from the visit earlier this year. A huge congratulations to kelly! We wish kelly and her student friends all the best in becoming the next generation of Shark Guardians! Anyone can make a difference in this world and the younger you start the better.

She was inspired by your talk in school. She loves the ocean and the animals inside it.

Thailand dive season starts with shark education and eShark Phase 2!

As the end of 2014 draws near, the Thailand diving season on the west coast is starting with a bang! Dive locations in Khao Lak and Koh Lanta have given Shark Guardian a very warm welcome over the past week. Shark education is back in Thailand after an Indonesian focus over the summer, along with the start of a new whale shark project and Thailand eShark Phase 2. Plus Shark Guardian is getting on boats to talk to guests, educate and increase participation in these projects.

Shark Guardian in action in Thailand

Shark Guardian in action in Thailand

Khao Lak presentation, Sparrow Bar, 26th October 2014

GVI join the Sparrow event. They have been instrumental in inputting eShark data

GVI join the Sparrow event. They have been instrumental in inputting eShark data

There was a fantastic turn out with an awesome night had by all in Khao Lak on 26th October. Great to see old as well as new faces with such a great vibe for the dive season which was starting on the Thailand west coast. With recent whale shark sightings, a focus on a new whale shark project in association with whaleshark.org made things all the more exciting. Following numerous whale shark sightings last season, it is so important that divers and snorkelers around Thailand are helping to monitor populations through photographic identification.

Thailand eshark phase 2 was also discussed as days later the official start would arrive. The motivation from local dive centers was clear and Shark Guardian hope this is reflected in an even higher participation rate this season. Thanks to the Sparrow Bar for hosting and for everyone who joined Liz and Brendon in their local town!

Koh Lanta stage 1, Hidden Depths Diving presentation, 28th october 2014

Shark Guardian at Hidden Depths

Shark Guardian at Hidden Depths

Straight on to Koh Lanta and a return to Hidden Depths, a long established and supportive Shark Guardian Dive Center. Staff from Hidden Depths, dive master trainees, Instructor development candidates and other dive center staff gave Shark Guardian a very warm welcome. Once again the drive for participation in Thailand eShark was evident. Plus  offers with translation of Shark Guardian material was very much welcomed. Please do not hesitate to contact Shark Guardian if you can help with this kind of translation! It is vital that Shark Guardian shark education can spread far and wide!

Koh Lanta Dive Boat education, 29th October 2014

Scubafish, Koh Lanta

Scubafish, Koh Lanta

Shark Guardian directors Brendon and Liz were extremely happy to join Scubafish Diving for a day in the Andaman Sea. Brendon headed to the northern islands of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang hoping the deep drop offs and surprise currents may bring in some big sharks! Unfortunately no sharks but still valuable data for Thailand eShark which all the guests were extremely excited about participating in.

Liz joined a different boat to Koh Haa, snorkelling in some amazing conditions and taking guests on shark spotting adventures. Despite recent sightings and long standing sites for black tip reef sharks, there were no sightings. Again crucial data for Shark Guardian research projects. The guests really enjoyed chatting to Liz about different Thailand shark species and using the Shark Guardian Thailand Shark Poster to learn more great facts.

Koh Lanta stage 2, Scubafish Diving presentation, 29th october 2014

Scubafish HQ presentation

Scubafish HQ presentation

At the end of a fun day in the water, what better than to connect with the rest of the Scubafish team to share the full Shark Guardian presentation. This was very well received with people commenting on the new information and videos and how something new can be learnt each time. Scubafish are now well on the way with their data collection for Thailand eShark, something all Shark Guardian dive centers are embracing! Plus a new Shark Guardian dive center on Koh Lanta is in the registration process – more news on that soon!

Khao Lak Dive Boat education, 2nd November 2014

Back in Khao Lak and before another busy week on the road visiting more diving locations, shark eduction hit the seas in the Similan islands! Liz joined local Shark Guardian dive center IQ Dive’s boat. With more whale shark, black tip and even a leopard shark sighting recently, Liz was excited to explore around Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. With IQ already collecting eShark data, the short presentation given by Liz on the boat was perfect for the guests and staff. And fantastic that most of the snorkelers with Liz saw 1 or 2 black tips! A great result and such a lot of smiles at the end of the day.

Shark Guardian on IQ Dive Boat

Shark Guardian on IQ Dive Boat

Shark Education continues on Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and Ao Nang

Shark Guardian now hit the road again. Presentations are scheduled on Koh Phi Phi and Ao Nang plus a brief trip to Phuket will allow materials and eShark promotion to continue. Keep an eye on the Shark Guardian website for upcoming events in Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong!

Hong Kong Schools Tshirt Competition…the results are in!

Shark Guardian’s second Hong Kong School tour was a huge success in May/June of this year. During the visits to 13 International Schools, a competition for students to design a new Shark Guardian Tshirt was announced. This was a way for students to express their learning from the presentations, as well as a future way to share important messages about sharks and conservation. Finally the winner has been chosen. Here are the final selection that made choosing the winner so difficult! When the new tshirt gets presented to the student in person next week, more information will come. Very exciting!

Hong Kong Schools Tshirt competition finalists

Can you spot the winner?

Renaissance College

Renaissance College

Kennedy School

Kennedy School

ISF

ISF

Quarry Bay

Quarry Bay

Gigaminds Primary

Gigaminds Primary

German Swiss

German Swiss

French International School (Primary French)

French International School (Primary French)

French International School (Primary English)

French International School (Primary English)

Clearwater Bay

Clearwater Bay

Winner to be announced at the school next week!

Shark Guardian were overwhelmed with the number of competition entries and the very high standard. Choosing a winner was extremely hard. In the end the decision came down to the ability of the design to transfer to a tshirt and how simple messages could be conveyed. Stay tuned for the results and thanks again to all the students who entered – all deserved to be winners! Shark Guardian cannot wait to see the finished design on the winning student and for them to go on sale to raise money for Shark Guardian.

 

Shark Guardian Childrens Book ready for print: Now YOU can help!

Sharks – Our ocean Guardians

Over the past year Shark Guardian have lost count of the people requesting and suggesting a childrens book to complement the Shark Guardian educational presentation. Finally, with the help of the most amazing author and illustrator Gail Clarke, the Shark Guardian dream has become a reality. Shark Guardian is delighted to introduce their latest project. Now we hope that all our supporters can help us raise money to produce the book and give away as many copies as possible to schools around the world.

Cover: SG Children book Part 1

Part one of the Shark Guardian childrens book series, featuring Jed the hammerhead

Part One in the Shark Guardian Childrens book is an introduction to shark species and their importance, plus the main character: Jed the hammerhead. Jed will be followed on future journeys in the sequel books, where he encounters and learns about other shark species, along with the threats, problems and challenges facing sharks and the oceans. There will be an emphasis on further learning with fun activities for children, plus conservation ideas and getting involved.

Book 2 pic

Author Gail Clarke

Shark Guardian connected to Gail Clarke via one of the Thailand schools visited in October 2013. When Gail learnt more about the Shark Guardian charity and the ideas from the Shark Guardian Directors Brendon and Liz, Gail offered her time and services for free to this amazing project. Gail has spent many hours creating the beautiful text in rhyme and stunning images to complement it. Brendon and Liz truly cannot believe that their ideas have been converted in to such a magical learning tool for children ages 6 to 10. However it seems adults are also learning a thing or too from reading the book!

Shark Guardian send a huge THANK YOU out to Gail (and her husband David) for her commitment, drive and general loveliness in this project! Check out Gails other fantastic childrens books via her website and  Facebook page.

Why are we raising money for this project?

Shark Guardian are raising money to ensure that as many books as possible can be given away FREE TO SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD. Shark Guardian also aim to raise enough money to produce and print the second book in this series, so that the education delivered by Shark Guardian spreads further, wider and continues after each and every school visit. In 2013 Shark Guardian delivered their shark and marine educational presentations to 40 different schools in 9 different countries. With a book as an extra educational tool, the Shark Guardian legacy will continue to future school years, even without the personal visits by the Shark Guardian team.

book 4 pic

Furthermore, Shark Guardian want our followers and supporters to influence where the books are sent. This fund-raising opportunity allows books to go places where Shark Guardian may never have even thought of! Where would YOU like a book to g so the children can learn all about sharks and how wonderful they really are?

How to get involved

Donate to this project and receive a FREE book or books to go to the school or child of your choice. This is a win win for everyone and we hope to smash the target of £2500 so the books are delivered far and wide around the world. Follow this LINK to the full page on the Shark Guardian website with information on how to donate. Thank you so much in advance from all the Shark Guardian team!

 

Shark Guardian lands in Labuan Bajo for LOTS of shark fun and learning

Shark Guardian had a fantastic night at the first ever presentation in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indoensia. On Friday 12th September 2014 around 60 people joined the event at the Sky Bar. Divers and dive professionals as well as tourists who fancied something different to the Komodo Dragons, joined Shark Guardian Directors Liz Ward-Sing and Brendon Sing who are currently on a tour of Bali and Lombok.

Shark Guardian, Sky Bar, Labuan Bajo

Sky Bar, Labuan Bajo

Brendon and Liz ready at Sky Bar

Brendon and Liz ready at Sky Bar

Labuan Bajo on Flores is the gateway to the famous Komodo National park. People head this way to explore the amazing scenery, volcanoes, see the famous Komodo Dragons, and also to dive in the marine park. With some of the best diving in the world, Shark Guardian have been planning to venture this way for a long time. With an invitation from Wicked Diving to lead a shark expedition on a live aboard trip, this was the perfect time to do a community event, as well as some amazing diving. With lights from boats shining in the background in the harbour, the open space Sky Bar was a fantastic venue for some shark education.

Shark Conservation

Labuan Bajo crowdAs well as talking about the Shark Guardian UK Charity objectives, recent activities and a whole list of weird and wonderful sharks, Indonesia eShark was introduced to the enthusiastic audience. This project will be released early next year. But already, as with our Thailand eShark project, anyone who dives, snorkels or goes in the water anywhere around the world can upload their data to the eShark database. Such citizen science projects are needed to track trends in shark and ray populations. Data can then be analysed and used to write scientific papers. This directs conservation, management and policy initiatives. Such data was crucial in the creation of the manta ray sanctuary in Indonesia in February. Shark Guardian hope to play a part in better protection of sharks throughout Indonesia.

A fantastic crowd!

Liz and Brendon with Christa from Wicked Diving

Liz and Brendon with Christa from Wicked – eco manager in Thailand

Thanks to everyone who joined the Labuan Bajo event and for all the feedback and contacts given to Shark Guardian after the event. Also thanks to The Lounge and Sky Bar for hosting the event and ensuring drinks and food ran smoothly! More coming soon about the shark filled dive trip Brendon has just returned from – more than 50 sharks in 3 days, not a bad start to our Indonesian data collection.

Shark Education in Phuket and Khao Lak, Thailand

Shark Guardian have had a fantastic time talking sharks and sharing project results and information with dive communities and the general public in the south of Thailand. Events started in Phuket on the 24th July and finished with a bang in Khao Lak on the 27th. The Thailand eShark results from Phase One have been well received from everybody. Plus species identification has been a delightful and entertaining topic at times! Everyone has been guaranteed to learn something from the presentations, whether a scuba diver or not.

Shark Guardian education in Thailand!

Shark Guardian education in Thailand!

A Happy Shark Night at Happy Days in Phuket!

Brendon Sing talking sharks in Phuket

Brendon Sing talking sharks in Phuket

A big thanks goes to Aaron and the Happy Days team in Chalong, Phuket. They were a great host for our Shark and Marine presentation on the 24th and even donated a share of the bar profits to our UK charity. There was a very warm welcome from dive professionals and the general public. People were even stopping as they passed by on the street, engrossed in the amazing videos and photos that were shared. We shared Thailand eShark data and encouraged further participation from this busy dive community.

A new Shark Guardian Dive Center

Oceanic Dive center, Phuket

Oceanic Dive center, Phuket

Also during the Phuket evening, Shark Guardian met with Rachel Hawtin from Oceanic Dive Center to complete their registration as a Shark Guardian Dive Center! This is the latest center to join the ever growing list of dive centers supporting shark conservation. 30 dive centers worldwide now support Shark Guardian and this is expected to grow in the coming months with dive centers in Koh Tao (Thailand), Raja Ampat and Indonesia adding to the list.

Shark Guardian Dive Center Sea Bees welcome Liz on their dive boat!

Shark Guardian with Sea Bees Diving

Shark Guardian with Sea Bees Diving

Shark Guardian Director Liz Ward-Sing spent a wonderful day on the Sea Bees boat on the 26th of July. Liz chatted to individuals about Shark Guardian and its Thailand activities. Then in the break between the 2 dives, Liz presented a short version of the Shark Guardian presentation, highlighting the importance of sharks, shark species and why sharks are threatened in our oceans. The shark education was very well received and the many children on board were super excited to learn more about sharks. Coincidentally 1 child saw Shark Guardian at their school in Dubai in February this year! His fascination with sharks has grown since then so this was an added surprise to see Liz again.

Returning to local ground – Shark Guardian back in Khao Lak at Mars bar!

Shark education in Khao Lak, Thailand

Shark education in Khao Lak, Thailand

Shark Guardian were very excited to return to Mars Bar in Khao Lak on the 27th of July. After an amazing Sunday roast dinner put on especially for the night, there was a full house in this fun bar and restaurant. New divers, experienced instructors, dive shop owners, families and GVI volunteers filled Mars Bar for the shark education evening. GVI have been instrumental in uploading Thailand eShark data and are helping Shark Guardian with their new whale shark program (more information coming in November).

Shark anatomy and species differentiation

Bamboo shark vs nurse shark identification

Bamboo shark vs nurse shark identification

Shark Guardian added new content to all their recent presentations. Shark anatomy proved an entertaining topic, especially with the Sunday evening crowd in Khao Lak!! All audiences were enthusiastic to learn about the differences between nurse and bamboo sharks. This is an important area of shark education to complement the Thailand eShark project since the scientist behind eShark thought there may be confusion. It may be that nurse sharks have been incorrectly identified when actually bamboo sharks were seen. With the simple tips to  differentiate the different species, the Thailand eShark data will be much more accurate.

Shark education: species identification

Shark education: species identification

Shark Guardian takes their shark education to Koh Tao and Indonesia

Big Blue Presentation PicAt the start of August Shark Guardian return to Koh Tao to support Big Blue’s effort in shark conservation. Their annual swim for sharks will be held on the 2nd of August and Shark uardian will do some presentations on the evening of the 1st and the day of the 2nd to reinforce the focus of the shark event. Shark Guardian look forward to presenting alongside Christine Dudgeon from the Spot The Leopard Shark – Thailand project whilst in Koh Tao.

In August Shark Guardian return to Indonesia for an extensive tour of dive communities and schools. Check out the events page on the Shark Guardian website for a full list of locations where you an see Shark Guardian deliver their shark education.

The Gulf of Thailand get a large dose of sharks, species identification and Thailand eShark!

Shark Guardian had a fantastic time at the end of June 2014 visiting the three key scuba diving islands in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the first time Shark Guardian have taken their shark and marine presentation to the Gulf. The dive communities as well as tourists and other professionals really enjoyed the shark education.We now look forward to increased participation in our Thailand eShark project and other conservation efforts.

Shark Guardian in the Gulf of Thailand - first stop Koh Tao

Shark Guardian in the Gulf of Thailand – first stop Koh Tao

The shark action starts on Koh Tao

Species differentiation and identification

Species differentiation and identification

On 28th June the Gulf presentations got off to a great start on Koh Tao. Choppers Bar in Sairee was the location and the upstairs room was full of enthusiastic dive professionals and their customers. The Shark Guardian presentation was adapted for these audiences with a focus on local sharks as well as specific species identification. The results from stage one of the Thailand eShark project were highlighted. Everybody was encouraged to continue submitting data for past, present and future dive or snorkel activities.

Koh Phangan presentation at Core Sea

Shark Guardian on Koh Phangan

Shark Guardian on Koh Phangan

A few days later and another ‘first’ for Shark Guardian presenting to the Koh Phangan community at the Core Sea Center. Around 30 people, dive professionals, researchers, volunteers and even a young child enjoyed learning about shark anatomy, species classification and different conservation ideas. As with Koh Tao, understanding by professionals how to differentiate bull sharks vs grey reef sharks was quite high. Nurse sharks vs bamboo sharks was a little more difficult but definitely a fun and worthwhile topic for everyone.

Koh Samui finishes the east tour

Shark guardian on Koh Samui

Shark guardian on Koh Samui

Finally on Wednesday 2nd July, Shark Guardian presented to dive professionals, and teachers and their friends and family. For this mixed audience, Shark Guardian included facts and statistics about other things that kill people each year, showing how small and infrequent shark attacks are. The emphasis, as ever, was to show that sharks do not eat people and that we are not their natural food.

The presentation was very well received and Shark Guardian will shortly be making plans to visit schools on Samui at the end of the year.

Thailand eShark and Species identification

The Thailand eShark project identified ten main species of sharks. The scientist behind the project has suggested that there may have been some confusion over certain species. Shark Guardian therefore decided to highlight the eShark results as well as discuss species differentiation to help everybody. The data has been shared with the Thailand fisheries department to see if certain species are found in Thailand waters. Shark Guardian look forward to working further with the fisheries and hope this important data can help guide and implement shark fishing laws.

Thailand sharks posters for all dive centers to help spread shark messages

Thailand Sharks Poster

Thailand Sharks Poster

Whilst on the 3 islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phanagn and Koh Samui, Shark Guardian delivered posters as part of eShark and general education for Thailand. Highlighting six of the main shark species found in Thailand waters, with ideas on how to help sharks, these posters are an easy way for Shark Guardian to continue to spread their shark messages. So far more than 500 posters have been distributed in schools, dive centers and some restaurants and bars around Thailand. More will be passed on over the coming months as part of Thailand eShark since this was one of the winners of Project Awares Ocean Action Projects.

Thank you!

Shark Guardian directors Liz and Brendon

Shark Guardian directors Liz and Brendon

Shark Guardian wish to thank everyone who made the trip to the Gulf so successful. Specific thank you’s go to Choppers bar for their room and kind donation from the bar. Also Lizzie from Big Blue for her help in organising the Choppers event. Core Sea were a great host on Kho Phangan and we seem to have inspired our next wave of Shark Guardians there – big thanks to Soureya! Also Alan at the Dive Inn was superb at getting us rolling with whaleshark.org – more on that soon! Finally thank you to Camille Lemmens and the Imperial Boathouse on Samui. The loan of a room and last minute advertising was awesome.

Shark Guardian partners with Love Wildlife for Thailand education

​Shark Guardian are delighted to announce their partnership with Love Wildlife to enhance​ the delivery of shark and marine educational programs within Thailand. Love Wildlife is a non-profit foundation registered in the country of Thailand, and in the State of Texas (U.S.A.) as a foreign non-profit. Love Wildlife work hard at educating the younger generations about the importance of wildlife and their connection to the world we all live in. This fits in perfectly with the goals and objectives of Shark Guardian UK Charity.

Love Wildlife Foundation

Conservation through Education

Both organisations are built on a firm platform with the belief that education plays an important role in achieving our goals. Love Wildlife have various education programs covering both wildlife and marine conservation, which empower people to play an important role in society to protect our environment and nature. By partnering with Love Wildlife for Thailand educational projects, Shark Guardian believe we can assist and enhance the Love Wildlife Education Outreach and Marine Conservation ongoing missions. Furthermore Shark Guardian will gain access to a wider demographic of audiences, including a larger Thai audience, for the benefit of shark and marine conservation in Thailand.

More shark education in schools

More shark education in schools

Fin Free Thailand

Fin Free Thailand is part of the global Fin Free movement. In Thailand, Love Wildlife is one of the partner organisations that support and manage Fin Free Thailand. Shark Guardian has participated in many events alongside Fin Free and look forward to expanding and developing this with the new partnership.

Shark Guardian at FCCT Bangkok, supporting divers and education

Shark Guardian at FCCT Bangkok, supporting divers and education with Fin Free Thailand

Liz with Fin Free members at Harrow International, Bangkok

Liz with Fin Free members at Harrow International, Bangkok

Love Wildlife and Shark Guardian working together to advance conservation and education

Shark Guardian and Love Wildlife have some similar goals and objectives. These include the advancement of conservation and education as well as the protection of, and seeking the sustainability of, wildlife and endangered species. Shark Guardian are exited about future collaborations, projects and school presentations with Love Wildlife within Thailand. Project Deep Blue was started by Love Wildlife in Koh Tao, on the east coast of Thailand. Shark Guardian look forward to being involved with this project and taking it to other locations including Phuket in the South west coast of Thailand.

For more information about the Shark Guardian UK Charity please follow this link.

Thailand eShark Project a great SUCCESS!

The Thailand eShark Project that started in November 2013 with the goal to collect as much data as possible by the 30th April 2014. With over 4,400 entries of data collected, the Thailand eShark Project has been a great success! The information gathered during the Thailand eShark Project is extremely valuable for conservation of sharks in Thailand. This is the first time that a project like this has taken place in Thailand where the local community got involved on a massive scale. People from all over the world have  helped to collect data on shark sightings while taking part in some kind of water activity such as scuba diving, snorkeling or just observations from a boat. This has certainly been an enormous citizen science project that has provided us with so much information that will be used for conservation initiatives in Thailand.

EShark Update April 2014

Long term project goal

The results from the Thailand eShark Project 2013/2014 will be used as a foundation for phase 2 of the project that will start on the 1st November 2014 and run until 30th April 2015. Now that we have established a baseline of information to work from, we can start to compare information gathered again in the following year around the same time. This will be vital for us to look at the long term reduced, or increased sightings of sharks numbers and species across Thailand. This information can then be used to establish action plans for improved shark conservation projects in Thailand.

Below is a summary of the data that has been collected so far. We are currently still in the process of collecting back data which still needs to be entered. However the graph below indicates the number of water activities relative to the number of shark sightings during those activities. Currently there is a 12.8% rate of shark sightings from gathered data. It is estimated that in previous years (between 2001 to 2009), the percentage rate of shark sightings may have been much higher than this in certain areas in Thailand. This is why the Thailand eShark Project was created and why it is still important for everyone to enter data from their old log books.

Thailand eShark Project Summary to date (as we are still waiting for back data to be entered)

Total number of records submitted from Thailand : 4406

Total number of surveys with sharks present is: 567 

Total number of surveys with rays present is: 647

Total number of surveys with turtles present is: 397

Total number of surveys with seahorses present is: 230

Total number of surveys with whale present is: 22

Total number of surveys with jellyfish present is: 540

Total number of surveys with garbage present is: 1110

Shark Species sighted during the Thailand eShark Project

Shark of Project 2014
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The Black Tip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) – Is by the far the most sighted shark in Thailand according to the results from the Thailand eShark Project. The Zebra or Leopard shark is the second most sighted shark followed by the White tip reef Shark. During the Thailand eShark Project there was also a wave of Whale Shark sightings with more than 93 data entries inputted – this is really exciting! Due to the increased sightings of Whale Sharks in Thailand, a new project is in development to record and monitor individuals to see if the same shark returns to these sites in the future. This will help establish a migrating route and possible specific season and so we can learn more about their movements in the Andaman Sea.

Commonly asked questions about the Thailand eShark Project

Why a 6 month project limitation?: At the beginning of the project we wanted to create a goal, a time scale to motivate as many people to submit as much data as possible within that time period. This way we could also provide as much results as possible to those who have taken part and contributed. Data has been submitted by scuba divers, snorkelers, people on boats or from the beach while in Thailand.

Can data still be submitted after 30th April 2014?: Absolutely, YES! The eShark data base is constantly being used. Please continue to submit your data. Please remember to also submit all your past dive or snorkel logs in Thailand to help build our data base platform for sharks in Thailand from past years! 

Will the Thailand eShark Project continue next year? YES! More information will be coming soon.

A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS

The success of this project really is due to all our supporters and people who have got involved for shark conservation. Hundreds of divers, snorkelers, beach walkers and boat passengers have helped collect data for this project. Hundreds of hours have been spent to help enter information into the Thailand eShark database. We certainly have been overwhelmed by the response to Shark Guardian for leading this project and by dedicated and passionate people helping to make a difference. Thank you to all those that got involved!
We will be feeding back the information to dive communities and the general public over the coming months as well as inspiring school children to take part. We will also be distributing more posters and leaflets. In addition we will be blogging and talking to people about the different species found in Thailand, linking this with data collected by Thailand Fisheries over the last few years.
We would also like to say a specific thank you to Aquamaster Thailand, Project Aware and GVI World for their support for the Thailand eShark Project.

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