And the Whale Shark Sightings Begin...

As whale shark sightings become more common on Koh Tao, more and more people come to our little island in hopes of seeing these gentle giants. But how much do we really know about whale sharks?

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'Tis the High Season

We’re welcoming divers at New Heaven as the low season comes to an end. The sun is out and our sandy shores invite travelers from all around the world who are looking for a dose of tropical this winter. 

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In order to explore the hidden depths of the sea, we must become acutely aware of a process most of us don’t spare much thought to: our breathing. With my love of the ocean and Yoga it was a no-brainer for me to create a new course in Freediving and Yoga at New Heaven Dive School. Bringing two of my passions together and sharing them with other like-minded individuals has been a great success this past year.

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Will Sea Turtles Survive the Anthropocene?

The modern day sea turtle has existed for around 80 million years, and they can be found in all ocean waters except the polar regions. There are now only 7 living species left in the world, so it is important to protect those that remain.

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Meanwhile in the Maldives…

Recently, NHRCP instructors Kait Harris and Pau Urgell traveled to the Maldives to work alongside the Island Livelihood Institute, educating local island communities on coral reef ecology and artificial reefs as a tool for restoration. During our stay, we learned a great deal about the restoration efforts happening on many of the islands, and were able to pass on some of our knowledge too. 

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Thank you for your reviews!

We did it again! Thanks to our customers we managed to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for another year in a row.  We always strive to provide the best possible holiday experience for our guests, and this recognition helps us to know we are accomplishing that.

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Once a year, during a period of about 15 minutes, many hard coral colonies of the same species will spawn synchronously in the same area. Corals cannot move, that’s why reproductive success depends on the accuracy in spawning time of all the colonies.

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Recently, the mass coral bleaching event occurring on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has had extensive media coverage, bringing to light the severe consequences of the changing climate. But what is coral bleaching? And why is this year set to be particularly bad?

Although the climate is slowly warming globally according to vast scientific consensus, there are patterns of weather which influence particular areas of the planet, causing more severe weather events at certain periods of time. El Niño is a complex interaction between ocean and atmospheric temperatures which result in certain patterns of climate which prevail for 9-12 months at a time, occurring every 2-7 years.

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A Not So Selfish Gene

One of the philosophies that is central to our work here at the NHRCP, is the preservation of the genetic diversity of our coral reefs.  Koh Tao’s reefs are beautiful and diverse ecosystems. containing a wide variety of different coral species and growth forms. The emphasis that we place on the understanding of coral taxonomy helps our team of conservationists gain an appreciation for the genera of coral that are less abundant on our reefs, encouraging the protection of these marginalized species.

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Within the realms of biology lies an underlying skeleton that allows the very heart of the science to thrive, this being the concept of classification. The organisation and categorisation of different organisms can be based on type, size, and any number of variables and characteristics, each with its own crucial importance to research to the most detailed level, and to the largest biological questions of all. This skeleton is comprised of many parts, and at its very backbone, lies the concept of taxonomy, used as the most common form of classification. Taxonomy is the classification system by which organisms are divided into phyla, families, species, etc, and rely strongly on the variation in the internal anatomy of organisms and in modern analysis, differences in the genetic makeup between organisms, i.e, DNA. You can learn more about a taxonomic approach to classification in our introduction to key invertebrate species of Koh Tao and the Gulf, in our learning resources section here.

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