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Physalus is a non-profit organization operating primarily for the protection of the environment through marine conservation initiatives. In 2010, Physalus started the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines (LAMAVE) to conduct scientific research and raise environmental awareness in collaboration with government agencies, non-government organizations, universities and the private sector.

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  • Masungi Georeserve Presents The First Explorer Encounters Conference

    Masungi Georeserve Presents The First Explorer Encounters Conference

    In partnership with with National Geographic Society-Asia and Forest Foundation Philippines, National Geographic explorers, conservation changemakers, and expert storytellers will gather to discuss the theme, "Conservation Storytelling in the Digital Age."

    Supported by the National Geographic Society-Asia and the Forest Foundation Philippines, Explorer Encounters​ is Masungi Georeserve Foundation's contribution to mainstreaming environment conservation in the Philippines by providing a unique platform for discussions, knowledge-sharing, and community building.

    This landmark event b ...

  • PHL Waters Incredibly Important For Juvenile Whale Sharks - Study

    PHL Waters Incredibly Important For Juvenile Whale Sharks - Study

    For juvenile whale sharks or at least to a few which scientists were able to observe the Sulu and Bohol Seas and the waters in between are important feeding grounds.

    A globally endangered species, the behavior of whale sharks, locally called butanding, largely remains a mystery.

    Scientists studying their behavior continue to work to demystify these gentle giants, even as governments have recently agreed to step up the effort to protect and conserve them.

    The Philippines is known to promote whale shark interaction as a tourist attraction, particularly in Donsol in Sorsogon and Oslob in ...

  • Salamat Apo

    Salamat Apo

    Another day on the island. 5:30 am and the sun is already peeping through the palms and colouring the sky with the softest tones. The water is looking serene and undisturbed, it is holding in its transparency all the secrets of the amazing reef we are lucky to call a survey area. We prepare and leave home walking among the same familiar smiles that give us their "maayong buntag" (good morning) when we pass by.

    While completing the water sessions it was impossible for me not to feel completely amazed by the sites of the coral I was swimming over. Being in the water gave me strong and quite c ...

  • Scientific Study Takes A Deeper Look Into The Reproduction Of Mobulid Rays In The Philippines

    Scientific Study Takes A Deeper Look Into The Reproduction Of Mobulid Rays In The Philippines

    A new scientific publication "Life History, Growth, and Reproductive Biology of Four Mobulid Species in the Bohol Sea, Philippines" has been published in the Journal Frontiers in Marine Science. The study by Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) was lead by researcher Joshua Rambahiniarison and aimed to determine life history and reproductive parameters for several mobulids caught in the Philippines to provide vital information on the sustainability of the exploitation and consumptive use of these megafauna, at the country level and worldwide.

    Mobulids (family Mob ...

  • Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    A new scientific study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) has revealed that whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines are uncharacteristically larger than those found elsewhere in the Philippines. The study, which describes the population dynamics and strong site fidelity of adult whale sharks to the coastal waters of Donsol, has been published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science and represents the longest dataset on whale sharks in the country.

    Up until the late 90s, targeted whale shark fisheries existe ...

  • Satellite Tracking Reveals Philippine Waters Are Important For Endangered Whale Sharks

    Satellite Tracking Reveals Philippine Waters Are Important For Endangered Whale Sharks

    The Philippines is an important hotspot for whale sharks and globally hosts the third largest known population of whale sharks. While the species has been protected in the Philippines since 1998, globally the species was uplisted in 2016 to 'endangered to extinction' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to a population decline of more than 50%, largely caused by continued exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. Particularly in South East Asia, concerns remain due to continued fishing in regional waters; understanding the movements of whale sharks in the Philippines is vital if we are to id ...