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Beautiful Diving in Raja Ampat on Day 5!

Beautiful Diving in Raja Ampat on Day 5!

Misool Island continued to be good to us, and there was beautiful diving on day 5. It was a short dive day, so the dive had to be good! We went to Watch Towers, and enjoyed a great variety of fish and coral! And I saw my first Woebeggone Shark, so exciting! Enjoy!   Diving is […]

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Fab Photo Friday: Reef Mantas in Komodo National Park

Fab Photo Friday: Reef Mantas in Komodo National Park

It is Fab Photo Friday! On Day 4, the Ray of Hope Expedition caught up with Mantas! ROHE’s main goal is always to identify as many manta rays as possible, and records were broken on this trip! Takat Makkasar is a known Manta hangout, so day 4 was mostly spent on this reef. When we […]

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Citizen Science with Marine Megafauna Foundation

Citizen Science with Marine Megafauna Foundation

The Marine Megafauna Foundation Ray of Hope Expedition 2015 included a marine biologist (USA), a geneticist (Japan, living and working in the US), a biologist from the Maldives (a Scot by birth), a scuba instructor from the Maldives (a Kiwi, otherwise know as a New Zealander), a Penn biology major (from Mexico), a videographer (South Africa), […]

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Amazing Women: Dr Andrea Marshall, a Conservation Pioneer.

Amazing Women: Dr Andrea Marshall, a Conservation Pioneer.

Dr. Andrea Marshall is one of the leading marine scientists and pioneers of our time.  Growing up in California, she learned to dive at age 12, and like many marine enthusiasts, her first interest was in shark conservation.  On a vacation to Mozambique Andrea discovered a stunning aggregation of manta rays off the eastern African coast.  There had virtually […]

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In a rut? Do something EXTRAORDINARY.

In a rut? Do something EXTRAORDINARY.

A few years ago, I saw a BBC documentary that prompted a life reinvention. The documentary was about two marine biologists living in Tofo, Mozambique, studying Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.  I was captivated by the Mantas…I had never seen one while diving or snorkeling before, only through binoculars on the surface of the water.  […]

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Not all Entanglements End Happily

Not all Entanglements End Happily

Now on http://www.scubaverse.com/not-entanglements-end-happily/ Don’t you love seeing whale and animal rescues on YOUTUBE or tv or the news?  I know I do.  Like the one with the whale that was freed and thanked her saviors by giving them a breaching display for over an hour?  Not all of these stories end happily, though.  In fact, […]

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Fabulous Photos Friday: Manta Madness in Ecuador!

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Fabulous Photos Friday: Manta Madness in Ecuador!

I am in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, volunteering with the Marine Megafauna Foundation, taking photographs of Manta Rays for Identification in order to discern manta behaviors and migrations. Four or five years ago I saw a documentary about the work Dr. Andrea Marshall was doing with manta rays, a species which was virtually unstudied.  She has discovered […]

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Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata!

Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata!

The trip to Puerto Lopez was about 4 hours from Guayaquil, in a van filled with luggage and people.  Kind of bumpy too, but we made it, so no problema!  The hotel is nice and clean, with balconies overlooking the ocean.  There are also hammocks on the balconies, which is quite nice.  Upon arrival our […]

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The Marine Megafauna Foundation in Tofo

The Marine Megafauna Foundation in Tofo

I attended a talk on Manta Rays last night by Dr Andrea Marshall.  Casa Barry Lodge hosts the Marine Megafauna Foundation, so the researchers are based there.  Casa Barry is up a hill, then down a hill, from the volunteer house, but hey, everything in Tofo is up or down a hill.  Andrea Marshall is […]

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