Philippines Dive Safari

Philippines Dive Safari

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Date(s) - 14/Mar/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)

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In 2010, Jennifer Ingram and a group of her intrepid diving friends travelled to the Philippines to dive three different locations.The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7500 islands and home to 103+ million people. It is part of the Coral Triangle and as such is a biologically mega-diverse area. There are approximately 500 coral species and over 2400 fish species. Unfortunately, not all of them were seen, but by following this journey, you will get an idea of what the dives were like.

This presentation will take you north from Manila to the Island of Mindoro to dive the Verde Island Passage. The group took a ship south to the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Sulu Sea, after which they traveled west to Puerto Princesa and a visit to the Subterranean River National Park on Palawan Island. The journey ends in the Tanon Strait near Moal Boal on the island of Cebu, a bit further east.

This presentation follows a variety of dives, visiting shallow reefs, the drop offs and shallow tops of deeper reefs. There will even be a muck dive. Don’t be fooled by the term “muck”; these areas hold some of the strangest creatures.┬áThere were land expeditions also as the divers could not stay underwater for three weeks, even though they wanted to.

Jennifer Ingram is an accomplished scuba diver and underwater videographer. She is also a member of the Marine Biology Committee and has done prior presentations on her underwater adventures.

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