Tom Vater

Tom Vater

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Posts tagged shark

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, […]

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