What a night! Calypso staff and guests got into character for Fright Night, with a creepy costume competition and spooky shuffleboard. Here are just a few of the many weird and wonderful photos from the Halloween event:
AWARE’s Big Shark Shout Out Week was all about voicing concern for diminishing shark populations all over the globe.
So, why are we shouting for sharks?
Sharks are actually an essential component of marine ecosystems and their removal has devastating and widespread consequences. Scientists have reported that most of the great shark species have declined by 60-99 percent of their original abundance. The cause is basically that sharks are being killed faster than they can reproduce. Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins alone. When sharks are eliminated the ecosystem becomes unbalanced, with significant and far-reaching effects on the ocean and on land, possibly including the depletion of oxygen in the atmosphere! We must take immediate and widespread action to conserve shark populations.
How do Calypso’s activities and events help sharks?
When you Sign the Petition and Shout Out on the Shark Wall, we send your support to AWARE who will use this as leverage with leaders internationally to make positive changes to shark policy. Calypso will make a donation to Project AWARE shark protection projects for the following activities: SCUBA & SNAP with Sharon, AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty (NEW!), The Shark Search around Boracay, plus all ocean dives throughout the year! Also, by learning more about the issues through our events like the Sharkwater showing, the Shark photo slideshow, the How and Why of Sharks, and the Shark Conservation Specialty, Calypso’s guests are able to tell more people about the plight of sharks and get more shark protection supporters. We also spread the word with stickers and mugs (proceeds to AWARE).
We hope that everyone enjoyed the week and a half of fun and educational events designed to get more people involved in shark protection and fundraise for AWARE’s Shark Protection activities. Many of the events are ongoing, so you can still join us and take action to help give sharks a fighting chance. Remember: the more you dive, the more we donate! You can also see our annual fundraising progress on the blog sidebar.
The Calypso staff and guests dived into action this month for cleanup dives on White beach and in the channel (two locations where debris can collect if not regularly addressed). Armed with underwater trash bags and new PADI Divemaster, the super-enthusiastic Karien Human on her first AWARE project after her Pro certification, we went to battle! We noticed that there has been a significant reduction in the overall amount of trash collected, probably due the regularity of clean ups and better awareness of people visiting the island now that littering bans are advertised and enforced. All trash was sorted and recorded before being disposed of. Apart from taking out trash from the ocean, we were also pleased to see lovely marine life in the area. A blue spotted ray zoomed up the valley to say hi on one of the dives too! Thank you to everyone who took part in the dives against debris.
Photos by Chris Hewett