There was once a time on the Island of Koh Tao when the waters had an abundance of Sharks. The elegant Leopard shark was a current occurrence among the thermoclines at Chumphon Pinnacle. Bull sharks would roam the outskirts of the deep looking for that unlucky fish! Baby blacktips would entertain the tourists swimming inquisitively through their legs.
However the sightings of these wonderful marine creatures is dwindling at an alarming rate. With many reasons for the decline including water temperature change, over fishing of their prey etc It is quite clear something will have to be done.
Our Dive school is doing it’s part by making our students and also non divers who visit our resort, AWARE
We are currently doing a shark awareness program. The Thailand E Shark Project which is being led by one of our IDC candidates, Bruno. By recording the sightings of sharks on every dive we do, ourselves and other dive schools on the island contributing to the project will build a database which will show government and environmental organisations the true extent of the disappearances of these indispensable creatures.
However there is still hope! with certain organisations on the island rallying up to raise funds for Shark awareness charities and even organising the release of baby sharks around the island, the population will surly raise over the coming years. We do however have one of the most illusive creatures turning up to our dive sites every year and this one is for sure on every divers bucket list.
Can you guess it ?……….. Yes thats right the legendary WHALE SHARK. This species of shark loves warm water and is not effected by any over fishing done in the surrounding areas. The reason for this is that it’s a Vegetarian, in a way. It eats microscopic plankton and algae. At this time of year you have the best chances to see them. If you have been following our posts you will notice we have already seen a couple. Which was sweeeeet!!!!!
So guys lets all help the sharks out and make as many people aware of their not so bright future, unless we act and do something about it.
Check out these links for some interesting facts about the population of shark and what we can do about it.