A night of sharks and mantas – Khao Lak, Thailand

Shark Guardian and Marine Megafauna event in Thailand 22nd february

Shark Guardian and Marine Megafauna event in Thailand 22nd february

On Saturday 22nd February Shark Guardian were hugely honored to present in Thailand alongside Dr Fabrice Jaine of the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF). A full house of around 50 people, divers, snorkelers and the general public, enjoyed the Shark Guardian presentation. Then Fabrice talked about mantas and the work of the MMF.

Shark Guardian start the night with a focus on local projects

A night of sharks and mantas at The Sparrow bar, Bang Niang, Khao Lak, Thailand

A night of sharks and mantas at The Sparrow bar, Bang Niang, Khao Lak, Thailand

Shark Guardian Directors Brendon and Liz were happy to be back in Khao Lak for their first presentation in Thailand of 2014. We updated the audience of our activities over the last few months and then focused on local sharks and local projects. Thailand eShark has now reached its half way point and Shark Guardian thanked all the participants who were at the event. See the full update report and remember to keep submitting your data!!

Spot the Leopard Shark Update

Shark Guardian updates the audience about Spot the Leopard Shark - Thailand

Shark Guardian updates the audience about Spot the Leopard Shark – Thailand (c) Ric Parker

Of particular enjoyment was the update we gave on the Spot the Leopard Shark: Thailand Project. Shark Guardian have promoted this since its implementation in Thailand at the end of August 2013.  Brendon told the audience about the resident shark ‘Ben’ who has been spotted 11 times from 2010 until now! Also shark Snippy was discussed – the first proof that these sharks migrate between different Thailand dive destinations. Snippy was seen in Phuket waters in 2009 and in the Similans in 2011 – amazing information we are discovering with the help of divers submitting their own photographs!

 Magnificent Mantas

Fabrice Jaine from the Marine Megafauna Foundation

Fabrice Jaine from the Marine Megafauna Foundation

Fabrice followed the amazing sharks with magnificent mantas! He discussed the different manta species, anatomy, biology and why they are in need of help and protection. Fabrice had just returned from a liveaboard with Thailand Dive and Sail to study mantas in the Thai and Burmese Waters. These exclusive Ray of Hope expeditions allow members of the public to join world-leading experts out in the field at some of the most world-renowned sites for manta rays. Fabrice talked about the local research and we look forward to hearing more about his work in the future.

The Marine Megafauna Foundation

Fabrice also showed a video about the work of the Marine Megafauna Foundation and its projects throughout the world. We have established a great relationship with Aquatic Alliance on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. The directors were trained by MMF before starting their own studies around Nusa Lembongan. We look forward to hearing more from them and Fabrice for future projects in Indonesia. This is especially significant since the announcement of the worlds largest manta ray sanctuary just a few days ago.

Shark Guardian has strong ties to Nusa Lembongan with two Shark Guardian Dive Centers there. We will be visiting Indonesia again this summer and with these activities there, know this is really amazing news for mantas and marine life in general.

An exciting and successful night for conservation in Thailand

Liz and Brendon from Shark Guardian with fabrice and the Thailand Dive and Sail team (c) Ric Parker

Liz and Brendon from Shark Guardian with fabrice and the Thailand Dive and Sail team (c) Ric Parker

The shark and manta night at The Sparrow Bar in Bang Niang, Khao Lak, was well received by everybody. The whole audience felt it was a very successful night with people from all experiences in both diving and non-diving learning lots and being inspired to get involved in conservation.

Shark Guardian wish to thank The Sparrow Bar, our Shark Guardian Dive Center Thailand Dive and Sail and everybody involved in organizing the event and making it run smoothly. We also wish to thank everybody who attended and all the positive feedback and support we received.

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