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A School in North Sulawesi

24 October 2009 We spent a most interesting day with Simone Gerritsen and her kids from her school Kehidupan Anda or “Your Life.” The goal of Project “Kehidupan Anda” is to improve the education of the children in the village Tongkeina and the surrounding villages. We visited the school, which is a stone’s throw away […]

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Diving Bunaken and Mucking Around Manado

20 – 24 October 2009 N1 35.560 E124 46.199 – Bunaken Island N1 34.532 E124 48.592 – Thalassa Dive Center Off we went with the tireless Simone Gerritsen of Thalassa Dive Center in Manado to explore  Bunaken and the surrounding islands as well as the under-appreciated mainland Manado. We knew to expect the steep wall […]

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The Batuna Family

18 October 2009 N1 27.604 E124 45.671 – Murex Dve Resort About 15 years ago, Yogi dove and dove and dove for two straight months with Murex Dive Resort and Liveaboard in North Sulawesi. During this period, he contracted dengue fever and got a special visit from Murex’s very owner, the gentle, soft-spoken Dr. Batuna. […]

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Singapore Slideshow!

If you happen to be in Singapore on October 27 with nothing to do at 7 pm, join us at the Botanical Gardens, as we shall be presenting our expedition so far through a 40-minute slideshow. Here’s WWF Singapore’s leaflet-invitation to announce the event!

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Circle Hooks and De-Hookers

10 October 2009 This is the day Yogi turns 50! Happy half-a-century, Yogibear! It is also the day we learned about the circle hook and de-hooking tuna longline vessels’ by-catch. Hafizh Adyas of WWF Indonesia oversees the By-catch Programme, and Rudy Masuswo Purwoko, a Bitung fisheries teacher and former WWF onboard observer, trains the Nutrindo […]

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Say Tuna!

5 – 10 October 2009 N1 26.636 E125 10.854 – Bitung After intensive diving in Lembeh, it was again time to shift gears and swing to the other extreme of photographing fisheries. This time it was all about tuna. We met the young Hafizh Adyas of WWF Indonesia in Bitung. With Hafizh’s guidance, excellent English, […]

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Indonesian Dive Guides and Beach Clean-Ups

23 September – 4 October 2009 N1 27.384 E125 14.556s As much as we appreciate the diversity of creatures crawling about Lembeh Strait, we appreciated more our guides who led us to them. Visiting divers will never get to see critters without the help of our Indonesian dive guides from Lembeh Divers Resort. They see […]

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Fish That Stared Back

23 September – 4 October 2009 N1 27.384 E125 14.556 An insanely fantastic artist friend of ours by the name of Robert Strachan has, for years, barked out an order everytime we went on a dive journey. “Will you photograph fish faces for me? Not side view. Not quarter view. I want full frontal in-your-face […]

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