Posts Categorized: Marine Ecosystems, Conservation and Education

Climate Change: Why Is It Not A Top Priority?

Sadly, in many areas of the world, climate change is still only a debate, rather than being a fact. This is due to a variety of factors ranging from a lack of education, a lack of access to education, or campaigns of misinformation. As a result, climate change is not even on people’s radar of... Read more »

Conservation and Education: Orca-Eco Update

Welcome back, everybody! Time to find out what we have been doing over the last two months that is conservation and education related. Conservation Activities in August Rope in the form of nets always washes up and entangles itself onto our house reefs. We did another monthly clean-up, removing one of those entangled nets from... Read more »

23-09-2017

The Coral Triangle: A Hotspot For Marine Biodiversity

Off the southeast coast of mainland Asia lies a marine region in the Indo-Pacific known as the Coral Triangle. It is aptly named because of its rough triangular shape. The Coral Triangle includes six nations consisting of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It is considered to be the... Read more »

09-09-2017

Rethinking the fish

What comes to mind when you think about fish? When you ask someone to think about fish what do you think first comes to their mind?  Unless that person is a scuba diver most likely they will think of: A slimy, smelly, dead thing on a fish mongers display A delicious meal, bread crumbed or... Read more »

26-08-2017

Plastic Empire – Plastic Oceans: How to Classify Plastic

Our oceans are turning into plastic oceans. We hope this article can help you make better decision with your plastic use. Plastic Classification Plastics can be classified in numerous ways, either by their chemical structure made up from a polymer backbone and side chains, e.g. acrylics, polyesters, silicones, polyurethanes and halogenated plastics or by the... Read more »

Orca-eco Conservation Team

Ron Maclean is Canadian and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Ron already had some scientific lab research and “in the field” experience in marine conservation with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, working mostly with endangered Hawksbill sea turtles before he joined our team almost half a year ago. At the age of 22... Read more »

19-08-2017

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

To understand the magnitude of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it is important to understand how and why it got there. It all starts with gyres. There are five major ocean gyres, North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean gyres. Source: Wikipedia What is a gyre? A gyre is a... Read more »

12-08-2017

The Real Orca AKA The “Killer Whale”

The Orca (Orcinus orca) or “Killer Whale” is one of the most recognisable marine mammals in the ocean due to its large size and distinct black and white colour pattern.  Having been around for roughly 11 million years the Orca has developed some characteristics that might come as a surprise to some readers.  The following... Read more »

05-08-2017

Plastic Empire – Plastic Oceans: Plastic Ruining our Oceans

Plastic, plastic everywhere! Plastic is everywhere in our lives, many items we use daily from the pen to the toothbrush, from the Flip-Flop, Shampoo – or water/soft drink bottle to durable car parts, telephones, computer monitors and on and on.

Orca-Eco Updates

This past month of July we were happy to once again welcome back two Professors from the University of Malaya, Dr. Jillian Ooi Lean Sim & Dr. Affendi Yang Amri! They are experts in the field of seagrass and coral reef ecology, respectively. For 2017, this marked their second visit to Rawa Island to help... Read more »