March 2017 Newsletter
It’s every divers dream to see at least one whale shark in their lifetime. Our divers were treated to a surprise appearance by one on the Hardeep Wreck in Samaesan. The divers who were already on board after their dive, quickly grabbed their mask, snorkel and fins and jumped in the water to swim with the gentle giant.
Did you know that Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet? They are filter-feeders and are completely harmless to humans. They can reach lengths of over 40 feet, while feeding on the tiniest of ocean organisms – plankton! Whale sharks are striking in the ocean, not only because of their size but their unique pattern of spots and bars on its body. They belong to the group called Chondryichtyes, which includes sharks, rays, and skates. These fish have skeletons made entirely of cartilage in comparison to other fishes that have skeletons made of bone.
Lets look at the facts! The only known predator of the whale shark is humans.The mouth of the whale shark is massive, reaching a width of approximately 1 meter (over 3 feet). The whale shark can reach a length of 40 feet or more and weighs 20 or more tons. The whale shark can have between 300-350 rows of teeth at one time. Females can have up to 300 shark pups at one time!
Whale sharks can live up 100 years of age if left alone.
Become a PADI Pro
Congrats to those who sat the recent PADI Instructor Examinations in Pattaya. You are now PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. Its a great course and opens up the world of diving that much more. If you are interested in training with an awesome Course Director and joining the PADI Pro Levels, let us know. We can tailor make a package just for you.
Diving and trips away
We’ve got some unbeatable dive packages just for you. Buy 25 days of diving in a package and you get 50% off your diving. For 37,500 baht the Mermaids Dive Pack is great value. The pack can be shared amongst a number of people, or used by your friends for diving days on our boats at Pattaya and Samaesan.
Our Koh Chang Trip is always a popular trip with divers and we got away on our Wreck Lovers Weekend. Six stunning dives on the HTMS Chang with something for everyone. The Open Water divers explored the wreck at 18m and the Advanced Divers went deeper with some great penetration.
Keep your eye on our events, we are always up to something whether it be diving or our social BBQ’s.