A great start to 2018 for our divers who joined us on the Mermaids Rayong Pinnacles Trip on the 27th January. They were all treated to two awesome dives with a very friendly whale shark and made it a day never to forget. Did you know that the species was distinguished in April 1828 after the harpooning of a 4.6 m specimen in Table Bay, South Africa?
Whale Sharks are gentle creatures and is the world’s largest fish, growing as long as 60 feet and weighing up to 21.5 tonnes. As it swims, it sucks water through its huge mouth, then filters out plankton and other microscopic organisms through its gills. They are extremely patient feeders and will wait up to 14 hours for fish to spawn on reefs in order to eat the eggs.
As part of our 100% Project Aware commitment, we did a net removal day from the Island of Koh Rong Nang. The net has been covering the reef for a while and although we have been removing it in stages, it’s time we did something once and for all. Thanks very much to everyone that took part in this great project and thanks for making a difference to our local environment.
Dive training in our local community is one of our favorite activities. We are training divers as young as 10 years old in the PADI Seal Team Program to adults of all ages from PADI Open Water Diver to the PADI Instructor and beyond. Congratulations to our PADI Divemasters who graduated this month. For info on how to Go Pro contact [email protected]
We’ve got lots of trips and fun days out coming up in February. We’ve put all our events onto the Mermaids Facebook page for you to easily access and plan your dive days. Look out for the PADI Drift Diver Course Day and the Double Hardeep where you can start your PADI Wreck or Deep Diver Specialty. Everyone loves socializing and our Social Saturday BBQ dates are posted too.
Book now for the Mermaids Koh Chang Wreck Lovers Weekend on the 16th to 18th February, these spaces sell out very quickly and we’ve got 6 dives planned on the HTMS Chang. This trip is open to all divers at any level. We provide the transport and make all your accommodation arrangements. Please contact [email protected] for more info or to make your booking.