Monthly Archives: August 2008

Albino Whale Shark

Check out these pictures of an albino whale shark in the Galapagos islands. Isn’t that the most amazing sight? I would give my right arm to be the person who took these pictures! Rumour has it that the Galapagos islands might be a breeding ground for whale sharks. They see a lot of large females […]

OLIVE RIDLEY SURVIVES

Diving The Crab has saved another turtle. This time a little Olive Ridley turtle. Olive Ridley turtles are generally small with a thin, heart-shaped shell. They can weigh up to 45kg(100lb) and grow up to 75cm (30inches). They feed on both animal and vegetable material – crabs, jelly fish and when times are hard they […]

CHELONIA APPEAL

Hello everyone! I received this email from Jane Spilsbury in Watamu. She and her husband Steve Trott used to run the Watamu Turtle Watch. I have posted in earlier blogs about the fantastic work they do. This is a picture of Jane and Steve working with a small turtle who was sick. Turtles get constipated really […]

DIVING THE CRAB SAVES THE DAY

Diving The Crab is one of the leading dive operators here in Diani. You can check out their website www.divingthecrab.com for some super diving information and packages. Daniel the manager has been working tirelessly with the local fishermen in an attempt to get them to release turtles that get caught in their nets. For each […]

KILIFI SHARK

Today Simon our resident volunteer has gone up to Kilifi to see if he can track down a tag that came ashore there. He doesn’t have a GPS because we were only borrowing the one we used last time but he is armed nonetheless with pretty accurate maps of the area and locations of the […]

THREE CHEERS FOR STANLEY

Not really whale shark news – but worth a mention!! Stany Nyandwi, who left his family, his home, and his homeland behind when he helped stage a daring transport of orphaned chimpanzees out of war-torn Burundi to safety in 1995, has been named a Disney Conservation Hero for 2008. Nyandwi is the head caregiver at […]

WHALE SHARKS IN AN AQUARIUM – WHATEVER NEXT?

The Georgia Aquarium has 4 whale sharks in captivity. They are held in a pool the size of a football stadium and it is 10 metres deep. Although 2 of their previous sharks died all of the 4 sharks they have now appear to be doing well. As I told you the presentation made at the conference about […]

BAD NEWS FOR SAMAKI

This makes for depressing but critical reading. “Samaki” is the word for fish in swahili. It’s quite a lengthy article but it’s very worthwhile reading. How the world’s oceans are running out of fish: The future of our seas has never been more precarious. Ninety years of industrial-scale overfishing has brought us to the brink […]

EN ESPAGNOL!!

We are finally home after the 2nd International Whale Shark Conference. It was a wonderful event. We all learnt a great deal and have committed to continued global efforts towards whale shark conservation.  Our internet connection is really poor at the moment so I can’t upload all the pictures as I promised from the Georgia Aquarium. […]