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Every once in a while, conservation volunteers in Thailand are lucky enough to spot a leopard shark when they are out diving.
The leopard shark is one of the easiest going sharks in the shark family. They are passive animals that you can approach and be in close range with. They are not aggressive and, if they are not disturbed, are harmless to divers. Leopard sharks can be found relaxing around coral reefs during the day, and are a lot more active when night time comes.
Unfortunately, these animals are classified as vulnerable. Despite the fact that the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN have been working for years for the conservation of sharks, the vastness of the ocean and the lack of law enforcement in many areas has led to poor conservation records and management of sharks.
Why are they endangered?Like with most other sharks, humans are the greatest threat to leopard sharks They are caught for meat, and the leftovers are made into fish meal The sharks’ oily livers are used to make vitamins Fins are used to make medicine and shark fin soup
Sharks are an essential species for a healthy ocean, as they play a big role in keeping ecosystems balanced by preying on weak and diseased animals. Sharks also add to the local economies of many countries though diving tourism.
How can you help?Eat fish sustainably – over half of the 73 000 000 sharks caught yearly is as bycatch Know what you are buying – often, shark is re-labelled to something else, such as rock salmon Do not support businesses that sell shark products Do not buy beauty products with squalene in them – this is shark liver oil
If we want a healthy ocean, then sharks need to be in them, and this includes the leopard shark. If we all work together and are more ...
Every year on the second Saturday of January, Thailand celebrates National Children’s Day with the aims of making sure that the children of Thailand have a fun celebration, and to create awareness about their important role in the development of their country.
A theme accompanies every Children’s Day, and this year’s theme was, ‘Knowledge and morality leads us to a great future’. Many organisations from both the governmental and commercial sectors organise activities for the children. Children are allowed to visit the zoo and go on buses for free; government offices are also open for children and their families to visit.
Celebrations are arranged all over Thailand for children to enjoy. Two of which Projects Abroad volunteers joined in on last week.
Projects Abroad volunteers participated in two events on the Thursday and Friday before Children’s Day. Community volunteers helped in an event on Thursday where four kindergartens came, three of which Projects Abroad care volunteers work in. The four kindergartens each had a group of children perform a dance after which the volunteers did arts and crafts with the children and had a great time playing with them. Volunteers also had the opportunity to try their hands at making Som Tam, also known as papaya salad, a traditional Thai dish.
The following day, conservation and community volunteers joined forces to make another memorable day for children. Volunteers travelled to a local school in Krabi where they made four fun, interactive activity stations. Community volunteers had a game station and ice-cream making station, and conservation volunteers had a memory game station and diving station for the children to enjoy.
The volunteers all did a fantastic job in putting smiles on many ...
Every month, volunteers at the Conservation Project in Thailand travel to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to work there for the day.
Volunteers spend the day cleaning the turtle tanks and the turtles themselves. Many of the turtles at this centre have been rescued; some are even missing fins. The centre also looks after a number of baby turtles until they are old enough to go back into the wild and have a greater chance of survival. This is to try and increase sea turtle populations.
Sea turtles have been around for over 100 million years. Nowadays, these creatures are struggling to survive. One of the reasons for the decline in sea turtle populations is human activity.
Why are sea turtles endangered?Many sea turtles are killed for their eggs, meat, skin and shells Many are accidentally caught in fishing gear Climate change alters sand temperatures which affects the sex of hatchlings; therefore more females are being hatched Sea turtles have been known to get tangled in pollution, as well as ingesting pollution such as plastic bags
How you can helpReduce the amount of garbage you produce Clean up the trash you see on the beach Reduce the amount of chemicals you use – they end up getting washed into the ocean Avoid unnecessary lights on the beach, as the moonlight guides hatchlings to the sea – other lights can confuse them Volunteer in conservation efforts
Even though sea turtles are going through a tough time, if we all work together and become aware of the things we can do every day to help make the ocean a healthier place, and therefore assisting the sea turtles in survival, these incredible animals can continue to swim in our ocean.
Vandaag aangekomen in Krabi, zuid westen van Thailand. Opgepokt door de coördinator van probject abroad die mij naar het gast gezin heeft gebracht. Een aardige vrouw met 3 kinderen waarvan de man " buitenaf" werkt heb ik begrepen. Ik had cadeaus bij me, een zak tulpenbollen waar ze heel gelukkig mee was en die stonden na een uur al in de aarde. Daarnaast een spaarpot van " delfsblauw " met natuurlijk molens erop en waar ik de 1e bath in heb gedaan.Ik heb een eigen kamer met 2 bedden heel basic ,geen airco en het is hier aanmerkelijk warmer dan in Bangkok . Er is nog een vrijwilligster een Franse vrouw,een jaar ouder als ik, die in een ander project werkt, zij gaat volgende week weer weg. Zo haal ik m'n talenkennis ook weer op, Frans, Engels en vandaag begonnen met Thais ,hetgeen de buurvrouw van mijn gastgezin mij probeert bij te brengen. Gelukkig heb ik een thais woordenboek, zodat ik me enigszins verstaanbaar kon maken. De gastvrouw spreekt behoorlijk Engels dus dat is wel lekker. Vandaag heeft ze heerlijk voor me gekookt, de Française waarschuwde me wel dat ik rekening moest houden met gewichtsverlies, maar in Krabi stad heen ze ook de M dus dan af en toe even snacken. Morgen om 10 uur wordt ik opgehaald om langs het project te gaan, wordt een lange dag morgen werd mij verteld dus ik duik m'n bed in. Tot een volgende keer en groet/ liefs vanuit een warm krabi