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Wednesday 14th May 2015

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If you love sharks then you must get watching the new documentary series from the BBC called Sharks. From watching the first episode, I now have a new favourite shark.

The Epaulette Shark. -The Great Barrier Reef is a tough place to live, even for a shark. Extreme tides and high temperatures leave the reef as a series of rock pools at low tide. Bigger sharks are forced into deeper water, leaving the Epaulette shark alone to exploit the riches of the reef undisturbed. Unlike any other shark, the Epaulette has an uncanny ability to walk. It uses its fins as prototype legs to crawl over the exposed reef between rock pools that contain its prey. But no shark can breathe out of water. This is not a problem for the epaulette shark though, as it can survive 60 times longer without oxygen than humans can! In order to do this the little shark slows its breathing and heart rate and powers down its brain. These incredible physiological changes mean the Epaulette shark has more time to hunt on the reef before the tide rises and the bigger sharks move back in. This shark is truly the master of the intertidal environment. The programme shows the hunting techniques of a variety of sharks including the great white and with of 2000 hours underwater filming not one diver was hurt, attacked or put in a threatening situation.  Just goes to show that sharks are not as scary as they have been made out to be.

Big Blue is now making preparations for the upcoming Save Koh Tao Festival on 18-19 June. We have produced some spectacular performances over the years, and this year we will be jumping back up on stage for another show. As well as the dive shop performances there are live bands, the Tour De Tao cycle race, turtle releases, beach and underwater clean ups, Mr and Mrs Koh Tao which is always rigged so one shop always wins. The kids of Koh Tao will be out in force too, showing projects from school. The festival is 2 days of awareness of looking after our beautiful paradise, from recycling to water usage.  The festival is always popular with the local community and also travellers who can’t beat a good party. Who needs the full moon party when we have the Save Koh Tao Festival!

 

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