Here are six great gifts to suit all budgets that support the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s vital work into the research and protection of our ocean’s gentle giants.
Carry the World with you with Meraki Bracelets
Meraki bracelets (from 25 USD) have 9 element beads and one smiley bead with the element beads collected from all around the world so you have a piece from every part of the world around your wrist. Blank beads are made from matte gray labradorite. A donation is made to MMF for every Ocean Conservation bracelet purchased.
Become a Whale Shark Warrior…with these recycled leggings
These Waterlust Whale Shark Warrior Leggings (65 USD), with a print inspired by the largest fish in the sea, are the perfect gift for the active Waterluster. The pattern adorning the leggings is based on the whale shark’s characteristic spots and stripes, which form an intricate pattern like a warrior painted for battle and are used by scientists to identify individual sharks. The leggings are made from 10 recycled post-consumer plastic bottles and 10% of profits will be used by MMF to fund satellite tags to track the movements of endangered whale sharks.
Save Vulnerable Marine Life with Eco-Friendly Bikinis
Help save vulnerable marine species by wearing the latest trend in swimwear with stunning MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ Isabela Top (84 USD) and Isabela Bottoms (70 USD). MAGDAKINEDESIGNS’ pieces are created from high-end Italian fabric made with ECONYL® Fiber; a regenerated nylon made from recycled carpet fluff and abandoned fishing nets. Each purchase returns a four per cent donation to MMF.
Give Light through your Yoga Practice
Use your yoga practice to help communities in Mozambique with Sahaja Yoga Mats: yoga mats that give back. Each Sahaja mat has a base made from natural tree rubber and an absorbent microfiber towel surface, made from recycled plastics, which combine to give the grip of a towel and support of a yoga mat. For each mat sold (prices start at 127 AUD), a solar light is donated to MMF who distribute the lights to the communities in Mozambique.
Give Unprecedented Access to the Latest Conservation Research
Invest in whale shark science, education and conservation initiatives by donating to MMF’s Patreon crowdfunding campaign (from 3 USD per month, tax deductible for US residents). Receive unprecedented access to MMF’s whale shark team’s work with private access to their latest findings before they’re published, the opportunity to join researchers in the field via live streams and have priority access to join expeditions to iconic locations such as the Galapagos Islands and Komodo National Park. The highest level supporters ($199+ per month) will receive prestigious personal acknowledgement – if you’re amenable – on the team’s scientific publications.
Book the Holiday of a Lifetime
Join MMF’s co-founder Andrea Marshall and her team of scientists in their vital conservation research on an MMF scuba diving expedition (from 3,280 USD). On this exciting expedition, divers will be able to explore the coast of Mozambique: one of the wildest and most breathtaking locations to encounter ocean giants like whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays. Not only will guests have the unique opportunity to dive and interact with these graceful and inquisitive creatures, they will also gain in depth knowledge about the species and contribute to research by helping to collect ID photos of the animals they encounter.
MMF’s vision is a world in which marine life and humans thrive together and we aspire to attain it by saving threatened marine life. The charity’s target group is marine megafauna, which is vital to the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. When ocean giants are protected, we also achieve an umbrella protection for a wide variety of marine species.
For more information about the work of MMF please visit their website by clicking here.
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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