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Helping vulnerable elephants in Thailand

18 Apr

Their skin looks tough and dry but the touch of an Asian elephant warms your insides. Volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, north Thailand, allows you to care for dozens of beautiful elephants that have been injured and vulnerable in the wild. I recently volunteered at the park and got some video footage while feeding the elephants, bathing them, and watching them thrive in safe open spaces. Check it out below.

By Marissa Toohey

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Introducing my home in Saigon, Vietnam

16 Nov

By Marissa Toohey

The fiji shark dive, up to 40 bulls

9 Jul

THE FIJI SHARK DIVE, UP TO 40 BULLS   Shea and his fellow divers are embarking a vessel bound for the famous Shark Reef in Beqa Lagoon. Shark Reef lies adjacent to Beqa Passage which is nearly one kilometre deep – deep enough for several species of man-eating sharks to live and breed. Feeders attract large sharks up from the deep abyss and hand feed them as a small group of divers watch from only a few metres away. They are all uncaged and all that lies between Shea and ten man-eating sharks is clear blue water and my hopes and prayers.

Divers see up to 40 bull sharks during a single dive at Shark Reef and, occassionally, get up and close to a resident tiger shark that is over three and a half metres long. Bull and tiger sharks are two of the most dangerous shark species to humans. Grey reef, silver tips and white tip reef sharks are also commonly seen at Shark Reef.

But Shea doesn’t feel threatened for a single moment during the dive (footage at the top of the page). He later describes it as organised and familiar. “The sharks appear comfortable with the routine. They circle in water nearby and approach us one-by-one to take some food.”

“The dive is not difficult,” he adds. “In fact, there is not much diving involved at all. You simply descend 20 to 30 metres and sit on the bottom to watch the action unfold. It’s that easy.”

Shea completed his dive with Beqa Adventure Divers. They operate the shark dive every two days and lead reef and wreck dives on all others days. The dive shop is at Pacific Harbour which is located just 30 minutes east of Suva and there is plenty of accommodation in the region.

By Marissa Toohey


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