Koh Phangans Finathon

How many of you guys have dived Sail Rock and been lucky enough to see the magnificent Whale shark or the impressive underwater swagger of the Bull shark? if not then even more reason to help us protect the magnificent marine life around Koh Phangan.
Join Sail Rock Divers and friends of Koh Phangans Dive industry to help save our oceans, put a stop to shark finning and join our efforts in the global FINATHON.
15th of July we will be swimming the equivalent distance to Sail Rock from Chaloklam (approx 11km) in a relay style fun finathon.
After this we will be having a BBQ with all proceeds going to Finathon.

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stop shark finning

Why are we doing this.

To put it bluntly, shark populations have been decimated. Globally. Tens of millions of sharks are slaughtered every year. Tonnes of shark fins are bought by restaurants everyday to keep up with the demand for shark fin soup. Shark populations take a long time to recover as they can take over seven years to reach maturity and they only produce one or two pups a year. Many species of sharks are listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union. In a few years many species of shark could become extinct if action is not taken immediately.

What will happen to the worlds oceans if sharks become extinct?

The large shark species are “apex” predators, they bring ecological balance to the marine environment, once they are gone, the effect will be catastrophic. If you remove apex predators from an ecosystem the result is the same as removing the foundations from a building – total collapse.

Balanced eco system
Shark eats fish,
Fish eat shell fish
Shellfish clean our seas
Unbalanced eco system
Fish have no predators
Fish eat too much shell fish
The end.

finathon

save our sharks

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More Whale sharks and Bull sharks at Sail Rock

Any one who has heard of diving in the Gulf of Thailand has quite often overlooked the paradise island of Koh Phangan, being in the shadow of Koh Tao, Phangan is only just being recognised as a top diving destination, Diving koh phangan has so much to offer from the magnificent sea horses and frog fish that we see on night dives at Chaloklum to the majestic Whale sharks and Bull sharks of Sail rock, We still have easy access to all of the Koh tao sites with the added bonus of being able to dive the Marine park, Samran pinnacles and of course our local dive site and the best site in the gulf of Thailand which is Sail Rock.
Check out some of our videos on http://www.youtube.com and see for yourself @ SailRock DailyNews

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Yesterdays Bull sharks at Sail Rock

Yet again another great days diving with our group from Switzerland, Knut and his team of divers from Red Fish Dive club Arlesheim have been diving with us for the last 4 days and have been lucky enough to see the majestic sharks on numerous occasions, today they are on the 3 pinnacle dive trip in search of the elusive Whaleshark, fingers crossed they are lucky enough to see one. Also today the speed boat is taking fun divers out to the rock so all dive sites are covered. This is another short video filmed by Evgeny at sail rock, diving Koh Phangan just doesnt get any better.

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Another month of Shark action at Sail Rock

What a great month we have had at Sail Rock divers, september was fantastic with Whaleshark sightings and daily bull shark sightings sail rock has definitely made its mark as a world class dive destination. We are lucky to have our videographer back from a months holiday in russia which means we can post our daily sail rock news, Koh phangan diving has gone from strength to strength  with the abundance of marine life and amazing coral formations. Just check out the video and have a look for yourself. sign up for one of our many Padi diving courses on koh phangan and get your open water at sail rock.

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I think we need a bigger boat.

Bull Shark at Sail Rock

Bull Sharks on Sail Rock 2012Another fantastic day here at Sail Rock Divers, yesterday we had a full boat of divers all hoping to see the Bull sharks which have taken up residency at Sail Rock, There are reported to be 3 sharks in total but no one can be so sure, what is for sure is that i went for a dive yesterday and personally saw 2 very large and very mature Bull sharks.I gathered a few details from the divers who had seen them on previous days and armed with this knowledge i made my descent into the Blue, upon reaching Bat Fish pinnacle I positioned myself with my back to the pinnacle and waited, after seeing schools of Barracuda, Giant Groupers and Fusiliers i noticed a dark shape approaching me, As my heart began to beat faster than any hard core trance anthem, I noticed the dark shape had a few different characteristics than what i had expected, such as a 12 liter tank on its back, a camera in its hand and curly brown hair, it was Eike Sail Rocks resident Marine Biologist, who by the way, is 6 Feet 6 inches tall. 


As we both started to sigh a breath of relief and make our formal underwater greetings, I noticed yet another dark shadow slowly moving towards us. Then as I turned to signal Eike I saw his eyes open up as wide as dustbin lids and his huge finger pointing in the same direction of the latest dark shadow, SHARK was what we both tried to shout but being 20 meters under the water with a regulator in our mouths it sounded more like SHOE; far less scarier and meaning nothing at all when diving. Then the shark appeared; slow, purposeful, magnificent and huge! The Bull Shark that we had come to see, the hypnotic affect that seeing such an apex predator has on you goes against every instinct the human being should have. The second one appeared, seconds later and not knowing where too look next, we both starred at each other with massive grins on our face and signaled OK, and as quick as the encounter had happened both sharks gracefully disappeared back into the blue.

So regardless to popular belief humans are not on the Bull Sharks menu, so why in the name of all things worth preserving ARE THEY ON OURS. A wonderful day and an amazing experience that will stay with me forever.

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