Many shark species are found in the Philippines including the popular Whale Shark and the extremely rare Mega Mouth Shark.
RAROCO Insurance Brokers, Inc. successfully concluded their "Drink Like a Fish" event at J Studio, Makati City last November with a whopping P70,000 funded for their partner organization, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP). Attendees went home happy and with a deeper appreciation towards our marine life.
It's a girl! It's a boy! It's a new shark species!
The ninja lanternshark (which was covered in an earlier post in October) now has a new relative. Marsha's lanternshark (Etmopterus marshae) is from the Philippines area and sports splendid green eyes and a slim, dark body that allows it to blend into the inky surroundings in the deep sea. Pictures of this newest Etmopterus member show light bands on the tail (scientifically called the "caudal fin") and their sides are reminiscent of a galaxy with their blue, black, purple coloration and sparkles that remind one of the stars. What made this ...
I didn't cover this year's street dancing of Kadayawan Festival, which I had been doing for more than a decade now. The reason: I was invited by teacher Chris Leyga to speak before a group of students and pupils of Davao Christian High School. The topic, on science writing, was close to my heart and so I accepted the invitation.
After speaking for two hours, I asked them to write a science piece based on House Bill 7912 which Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed. I had given them two-page explanatory note of the bill that tries to save and protect the sharks from swimming in our waters.
We travelled to Malapascua not only for great filipino food hehe but also to swim with thresher sharks on this small secluded island. Our filipino friend Jobet took us on a dive to test our skills and train for the upcoming dive with the thresher sharks the next day.
What's the first bill authored by Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after becoming Speaker?
It's a measure seeking to regulate the trade of sharks, rays and chimaeras (ghost sharks or rat fish).
House Bill No. 7912 was filed during recess on July 9 and went through first reading on July 30, a week after Arroyo pulled off a coup to unseat Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as Speaker.
Malapascua Island in Cebu made it to Discovery Channel's list of best places in the world to see sharks.
The list was released ahead of the airing of the channel's popular show "Shark Week," which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
"Malapascua Island is the new unspoiled spot for beach lovers and scuba divers," Discovery Channel said.
"More importantly, it is quickly gaining fame as one of the only places in the world, where the rare thresher sharks are consistently seen. Malapascua's thresher sharks can be found year-round and diving is possible throughout the year."
Apart from ...