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Posts tagged endangered species

Forget Boston and Thatcher. This week’s human flashpoint is Tubbataha

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. I watched hundreds of sharks pooling around coral ledges at thirty-five meters, so many they kept bumping into me. I watched giant tuna glitter in the dark thirty meters below me, leading tens of thousands of giant barracuda through the depths. I saw guitar sharks the size of […]

Troubled Waters – Sharks at risk off Ko Tao, Thailand

7am, Sai Daeng Beach, Ko Tao, Thailand. The tourists are still slumbering peacefully in their bungalows and the reef in front of the beach lies placid. It’s not much of a reef, most of the coral has died – blame unregulated tourism and global warming. But here I am, quietly swimming out into the warm, […]

From the Archives: Tom Vater’s On the Trail with the Bush Meat Hunters republished

Until very recently the markets of Muang Singh, Luang Nam Tha, Phonsavan and Vang Viang were teeming with live and dead forest animals. Squirrels, civet cats, forest rats, bats, beavers, porcupine and their close relative the ‘sinhawn’ as well as an enormous variety of birds including owls and pheasants were offered from market stalls all […]

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