Batangas City News
More than 30 new species of sea slugs, sea urchins and soft corals have been discovered in the Verde Island Passage, between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, proving the area?s significance as ?the center of the center? of marine biodiversity in the world.
The Filipino-American team of marine experts, led by zoologist Dr. Terry Gosliner of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), recently returned from a marine expedition in the Verde Island Passage, which led to the discovery of 30 nudibranch species, two sea urchins, and several new species of soft corals.
The diving teams explo ...
The so called Twilight Zone - between 60 & 150 metres - is one of the least explored areas of the ocean. A recent research trip by the California Academy of Sciences to the Philippines reveals its unique reef systems are home to many as yet undiscovered species - and sadly pollution too.
The California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative is an ambitious project aimed at advancing coral reef science through a series of trailblazing expeditions. The mission to explore the so called "Twilight Zone" regions of the world's oceans is among their most exciting projects - shedding light ...
The California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative continues to advance global understanding of coral reef science through a series of ambitious expeditions. The team most recently returned from the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines -- a longtime regional focus of Academy research considered the "center of the center" of marine biodiversity. The Academy's science diving teams explored both deep and shallow ecosystems to document species richness, evaluate ecosystem health, and gather data to support smarter ocean conservation strategies.
Building upon nearly three decades o ...
The second Open Swim in Lobo, Batangas was held to protect the center of the Center of world's marine biodiversity Verde Island Passage.
My sister Berta and her husband Ting are avid divers. They have a dive house in Anilao that they regularly go to. So, when I was approached by the California Academy of Sciences to do something for marine biodiversity, the first persons I thought of were them.
That was five years ago - since then, the idea has blossomed into what is now known as the SEA Institute, which they are finally launching.
We are such an amazingly gorgeous country gifted with rich agricultural land, breathtaking beauty, spectacular marine life, and exquisitely charming people.
With swelling pride, I present to ...
It was a normal summer day in the town of Mabini Batangas, one of the Philippines' most popular diving destinations. The scorching heat was in full swing, the dive resorts were doing brisk business and boats criss-cross along the coast carrying divers eager for underwater adventure. But on that day, two of those diver-filled boats had a different purpose: instead of diving for sheer fun and adventure, these divers are going underwater to survey coral, fish, and invertebrate species in an effort to determine the health of the reefs.
The group was composed of representatives from seven munici ...