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November 8th 2013

07 Nov 2013 Written by 

Hard life becoming a dive professional!
similans-sunsetIt's been a lot quieter on Koh Tao over the last few days, and for good reason- SSI instructor trainer Simon Garrity, and his sidekick- divemaster trainee (DMT) mentor Nick Bufton, somehow managed to escape Big Blue and head for the Similan Islands on the East coast of Thailand to go on a 4 day and night jolly, I mean diving liveaboard. To top it all off they managed to pursuade 8 or so DMTs to go with them! Four dives a day and the option to go night diving, all topped off with great food. Alright for some eh! All that diving makes you tired and they'll probably want to have a holiday from their holiday when they return. But something tells me Nick and Simon will be pretty busy, as we have a record number of DMTs training with us at the moment. This is great for the DMTs as it means they'll make lots of new friends, and can help each other out during their training. It also makes the bar that little bit livelier! Every dive they do makes them that much more confident in their own diving abilities, and hones the skills that they will need to be signed off as dive professionals. Once they've graduated they can work as a divemaster, leading fun divers around dive sites, and assist instructors on training courses. They will also have the option to take their training further and become dive instructors themselves.. something no doubt Simon will have been chatting to the captive audience of DMTs on the liveaboard about! If you would like more information on dive professional training, click on the email at the top of our homepage.

Whale deaths blamed on discarded plastic
grey-whale-deadI was only talking the day before yesterday about how bad plastic is when it gets into the ocean, and this is all the proof you need. The dead grey whale pictured that washed ashore, was found to have 59 pieces of plastic in its stomach, which was ultimately what killed it. But sadly this was far from being an isolated incident. Over the last 20 years, stories of whales suffering the same fate have become more and more common, and include Sperm, Balleen, Grey and Beaked whales (that have been documented). There may be many more cases that simply never washed up, and no species of whale is immune to suffering the same fate. The whales eat the plastic due to a variety of different factors that depend on what and how they eat in the first place, but once the plastic enters their system it cannot be digested, so it just sits in the intestine. Over time it clogs up the intestine until the whale can no longer process the food it needs to survive. This leads to a slow, agonising death through starvation. Much of the plastic is sheeting used to build greenhouses on an industrial scale, for the purpose of growing tomatoes. But other items such as discarded fishing nets and rope, plastic bags, hosepipes, flower pots and plastic spray canisters have been found inside whale's stomachs.
It's all infuriating, and it's often the usual suspects that are to blame. But you can still do a lot to help directly. Much of the debris that floats around is plastic bags from your local supermarket or mini mart. If you start to reduce the amount of straws, carrier bags, party balloons, and plastic bottles, this will make a big difference in how much of it ends up in the oceans. Indirectly you can lobby your local politician to focus their mind on the scale of the problem. The more people that do it, the more they'll have to listen and respond. If you want to find out more about what you can do, contact Lizzie May at Big Blue Conservation here.

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