Author Archives: Ric Parker

About Ric Parker

My story of getting into scuba diving and shark conservation is a story that starts with me ‘not’ getting into scuba diving, mainly because of a fear of sharks. I have since overcome my fears and have enjoyed 8 years working as a scuba instructor and participating in shark conservation. Read more.

Manta Ray ©Dr Andrea Marshall

Ray of Hope 2015

Join Manta Ray expert Dr. Fabrice Jaine on an exclusive diving and research expedition to explore some of the best Manta hotspots in South-east Asia.

Dr. Jaine, Senior Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, award winning underwater photographer and notably a world leading expert on manta rays, will once again host the 2015 Ray of Hope Expedition from Thailand; visiting the Myanmar Archipelago and the Similan Islands for an eventful 8 days and 8 nights.

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Moken children of Ma Kyone Galet in Burma

Helping the Moken in Burma

The islands that make up the Mergui Archipelago in Burma are home to the Moken people.

The Moken, often referred to as sea gypsies are listed in the bottom 5 poorest ethnic communities in the world. Depending nearly entirely on the sea, the fishermen face more and more pressures every year to their very existence.

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Leopard sharks are vunerable to extinction in Thailand

Get Sharks Off the Hook

Khao Lak in Thailand is dependent on diving to sustain its tourist industry.

Thousands of people from around the world flock to Khao Lak each year to dive and catch a sighting of a Reef Shark, Manta Ray or Sea Turtle.

Without sharks and rays at the stunning Surin and Similan Island National Parks alive and well this tourism industry is likely to crumble away.

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Moken children susceptible to Malaria

Help Fight Malaria in Burma

Modern diseases are taking their toll on the Moken; malaria being a forerunner in the causes of death chart.

This disease is on the increase in the North Andaman region, effecting island dwellers from Burma, Thailand and the Moken. Those that have no access to health care, or no identification to receive any health care that might be available, have few options.

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A leopard shark scatters a school of fusiliers

Quiz Night for Sharks

As our Shark Campaign GET SHARKS OFF THE HOOK gains momentum around Khao Lak we will get a further boost from a fund raising Quiz Night to be held at Walkers Inn on 1st May 2013.

Quiz night has been a regular feature for Khao Lak residents for the past few years, raising money for worthwhile local causes. This time round quiz night will help raise funds for our shark friendly materials. Each restaurant and business that supports Get Sharks Off the Hook receives posters and stickers to help raise awareness for the plight of sharks in the Andaman Sea and promotes their establishment as shark friendly. Continue reading

Tire trash underwater

Littering is Killing the Thai Sea

A brilliant and inspiring film by Natt Jaitrong, a 13 year old diver from Thailand.

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Fuelled by his passion for diving at Similan Islands, Natt introduces Thailand’s underwater world with some stunning photography and clips while highlighting the effects that litter and plastic has on the world’s oceans.

Natt Jaitrong, Thai film maker

Natt Jaitrong

After seeing fellow Thais littering the sea and learning from his father about dolphins suffocating on discarded plastic bags, Natt formed a group called Nautical Ninjas which he describes as a club of people interested in cleaning up the ocean, as well as producing his own film with his family,

“This is part of my effort to raise awareness that littering is going to kill our seas unless we stop dumping the sea with trash.” – Natt Jaitrong

Litter in the Thai Seas

Litter like this is killing the Thai Seas

In his film, Natt urges people not to litter the seas and to pick up trash whenever they visit the beach, the consequences for not doing so could lead to the extinction of Dolphins in Thailand.

Further Viewing and Reading

Littering is Killing the Thai Sea Movie
Scubadiverlife Blog

Moken Sea Gypsy with Glasses

Moken Campaign 2012

Novice monk at Ma Kyone GaletOur first campaign in March 2011 had been an outstanding success considering our lack of experience in community work. We visited Ma Kyone Galet, one of the largest Moken villages in the Mergui Archipelago, with unwanted or used glasses to distribute amongst the Moken people to help improve the quality of life for those with poor eye sight. Last minute preparations had somehow been enough. Continue reading

Moken Campaign 2011

MV Similan JazzDuring the 2010-2011 Andaman Sea diving season See & Sea with the staff of MV Similan Jazz, had collected unwanted or used glasses to distribute amongst the Moken people to help improve the quality of life for those with poor eye sight. On 1 March 2011 MV Jazz embarked on her third Burma 9 Day Discovery Trip, a trip planned with adventure and discovery at heart but also with important work to do. In attendance were Dr Andrea Marshall & Dr Lindsay Marshall, two world renowned marine biologists. Continue reading

Moken Campaign 2011 Photos