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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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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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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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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