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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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  • Sustainability And Tourism How Can They Fit Together

    Sustainability And Tourism How Can They Fit Together

    Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year CBD and its partners want to highlight the interdependence between biodiversity and sustainable tourism. When most people think about tourism, they often think of organized tours or crowded beaches. However, tourism can also contribute to creating a sustainable future.

    Migratory species such as birds, sharks, whales and dolphins can provide opportunities for sustainable tourism. Wildlife watching tours can raise environmental awareness without disturbing the animals or degrading their habitats. In order to avoid di ...

  • Volunteer Blog Nicky Allan

    Volunteer Blog Nicky Allan

    TURTLE LADY

    Although the BRUVS project is centered around elasmobranch research, we were all given side projects to work on individually. I was lucky enough to become the 'Turtle Lady', tasked with creating an ID catalogue of all the turtles around Apo Reef island and Pandan island, close to Sablayan. Pandan island is home to a well-known resort as well as many enormous resident green turtles. It has been the site of many relaxing days off from the project ??" a place to snorkel, dive, play pool and eat bruschetta. On each visit you can find yourself snorkeling with as many as 5 turtles at ...

  • Why Should We Care About Sharks

    Why Should We Care About Sharks

    Tagging" a big, gentle whale shark??"that is, swimming close enough to attach a device that will help scientists track the animal's movements??"seems easy enough for researchers. But tagging a tiger shark, known to be aggressive and strong enough to crunch a turtle in half, shell and all?

    Last year, in the second edition of "Expedition Shark" of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (Lamave), the first study of its kind in the country, a tiger shark was tagged for the first time in the Coral Triangle.

    In April this year, the ...

  • Planning To Swim With Whale Sharks In the Philippines? Read This First

    Planning To Swim With Whale Sharks In the Philippines? Read This First

    Animal attractions are a lot of fun and they make for good Instagram photos. Especially swimming with whale sharks. It's in many tourists' bucket list. How cool is it to actually swim with the biggest species of fish in the ocean?

    Swimming with whale sharks is generally okay, as long as responsible practices are followed. But this isn't always the case. In the Philippines, two areas are visited for its whale shark tourism. Oslob is the more popular one, but it's also questionable ecologically speaking. On the other hand, Donsol is the better, ethical choice.

    Whale sharks: Get to know the ...

  • Swimming With Sea Turtles

    Swimming With Sea Turtles

    Mitakuye Oyasin an old Native American adage which means "we are all connected" very much reflects my experience over the weekend.

    Sea turtles are unique creatures, they travel around the world to feed in specific spots and come back to their birth-island to lay eggs. How sea turtles live their life gives me a picture of how small the world is and how connected places are.

    Swimming with the sea turtles at Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape was the highlight of my learning exchange trip organized by Communities First-Creative Initiatives for Development between the communities of ...

  • Shark Tagging Expedition To Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Hailed A Success

    Shark Tagging Expedition To Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Hailed A Success

    Researchers from Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) have successfully tagged nine grey reef sharks and one tiger shark with acoustic tags in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines, a continuation of a study started in 2016. The tiger shark was also fitted with a satellite tag.

    The study, which is the first of its kind in the country, is a collaboration between Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) and the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) as part of their on-going work to study the sharks and r ...