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Cleaning Sairee Beach and Hin Wong Baycleaning sairee beach

Well every month we try to relieve the Island of its clutter, by doing a beach and reef clean-up, with the help of our amazing volunteers. And last month was no exceptions, with over 20 volunteers, we were able remove all the damaging substances from Koh Tao's busy Sairee beach, before they slipped into the ocean, causing more damage. For the reef clean we went to Hin Wong Bay, a bay on first appearances seems to be free of any trash, as the bay was almost deserted, however once we descended beneath the surface, we found an abundance of damaging trash, that could have been washed in or simply tossed overboard by inconsiderate captains, and their crew.  However by the end of the day our trash bags were full and we all felt the day was highly rewarding.bags of trash

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Good job guys!

SAVE OUR SEAS!clean up volunteers

Septembers amazing volunteer

"A year ago, I went to Koh Tao to complete some specialities and saw an ad about the eco internship. I simply thought "Oh, it seems cool." About marine biology, I was like Jon Snow, I knew nothing. But still, I wanted to do it, to somehow broaden my diving horizon.elinor next to her new nursery

So I came back on August 2014 as an Eco Intern. I first met Lizzie and it was the beginning of one of the most crazy rewarding stress free awesome heart breaking experiences in my life. No seriously, if you've ever been on Koh Tao and dove with Big Blue, you know what I mean. Basically, most of my day were: diving in the morning (for fun or for eco missions) and enjoying my afternoon on Koh Tao.Taking the new structure out

Don't believe it was some kind of lazy thing. I had to work! On holidays! I even had an exam! And we did a lot: surveys, nurseries. Coral watch. Oh my Buddha: coral watch. Going diving with a slate with 24 squares of colours, 4 colours, and 6 shade’s for each, from white (bleached) to dark. And you have to pick up random coral, match its lightest and darkest parts with the shades on the slate and it will give you a rough idea of its health. Sounds easy, right? IT IS NOT. Well, at 5m, it's okay. But at 10m, red disappears and all those coloured squares look exactly the same! Even with a torch! "Hmm is it a brownish-brown or a reddish brown... oh no, maybe a greenish brown..." Totally felt like a colour-blind... The Eco dives I loved the most were by far the ones on the nurseries.

I keep talking about the coral growing there, how awesome and rewarding it is to discover to tiny colony of polyps that has simply started growing there on its own, with us tiding, sewing it on the structures. Baby corals. "They are corals, Elena, they can't be cute...” yeah sure, they don't do funny things, like fetching the stick you've just thrown or anything "responding"... But being down there, cleaning the structures to help more corals and baby polyps to grow, fighting algae and sponge with nothing but a toothbrush (YOU SHALL NOT KILL THE CORALS !), putting new structures down in order to create a nurseries, a new place for coral to grow, for fish to live... It feels like you are doing something. Something that will last over an extended period of time. It's nothing compare to the eco stuffs you can be proud of like putting plastic bottles in the recycle bin or turn the light off. No it's more like a relief. Because you stop damaging this world, you help it to heal. And in ten years, twenty, maybe a new reef will have grown, with a lot of fishes around. If I go back down there again, I would think "It's my reeeeeeef !!!!"

I would rather think "it's my world" and I did what I had to do to protect it, because I am a part of it. Even more as I diver, it is my oceans, my playground and if you want to enjoy it and to be amazed by it for the next 50years (at least) I must understand it and protect it. We should not have to do it though. We should not have to clean up beaches or to do underwater clean-up. Because it should come naturally to anyone's mind that they are responsible for this world, of their world. So no, I should not have to do that but I will, as long as it is needed, because I am an Ecowarrior now.

Thank you Lizzie. Thank you Rachel. Thanks Big Blue. Thanks Koh Tao."

Taiji Bay (The Cove)

Here it comes again the event all animal lovers hate, every year in Japan thousands of Dolphins are killed for their meat and a select few captured for human entertainment. The meat is full of high levels of mercury, which can be toxic to small children.dolphins trapped

The Dolphins that naturally migrate towards the coast for food, are herded in to a bay where they are then stopped from escaping my nets across the bay, and their fate is then in the hands of the killers, carrying knives and spears.  A few will survive only to then be forced to live in a small tank for the rest of their lives, trained to entertain humans with their tricks, all of which cruel in its own right.

So all I ask is that you open your eyes, to this disaster of human behaviour, I commend the work of Sea Sheperd and Ric O’Barry, in their efforts to stop this, and only wish by spreading the word via facebook and our web page, I can help in a small way.

Please visit there pages to see the progress they are making, along with the difficulties they face every day.Dolphin Murder

https://www.facebook.com/TheCove

https://www.facebook.com/seashepherdglobal

13th September 2014

Visiting the nurseryinterns cleaning the structures

Here at Big Blue diving we strive to do our part in helping this beautiful island stay amazing, whether from cleaning the beaches and reefs, to even encouraging new life in areas of desolation.  Just off from Sairee beach we have been developing to coral nurseries, one at 6 meters and another newer nursery at 12 meters, both have artificail structures which will encourage the growth of many coral species.  Yesterday the team at Big Blue Conservation, went out to our shallow nursery to remove the excess alae growing on the structures, and take care of general maitenence of the structures.  We were also able to find some small healthy coral specimens that we were able to add to the structures, hoping it will in the future blossom. 

The location for the nursery was chosen, because it seemed to be a deserted area, however now thanks to the nursery there are hermit crabs, and nudibranches all eaching the shelter the structures offer from predators, and to help in our efforts we even saw some parrot fish do their part in cleaning.  It was a privilige to also see a reasonable sized anemone fish family near by. All in all it was a lovely afternoon of cleaning.saddle back anemone fish near nursery

Beach Clean

beach clean Every month we try to do our part in protecting and preserving the reef, enabling it to blossom with life, by removing any artificial contaminants that can have a detrimental effect on the reef.

This month was no exception with up to 30 volunteers helping this month we filled 6 full rubbish bags when walking along the beach and another 8 full bags when diving off North Sairee, all with unwanted waste that was littering the ocean.

With the growing popularity of Koh Tao within the Diving and general tourist community, we need to minimize our impact by working together to keep our beautiful paradise clean, or someday the consequences could be irreversible.  That day was a good example of community care.