Posts Categorized: Marine Ecosystems, Conservation and Education


Conservation, Environment and The Future Generations – Stephen Lee

Everybody who has ever gone scuba diving can attest to how incredible it feels to be floating in an almost alien-world surrounded by creatures familiar and somehow foreign. Diving is an exciting adventure to do while on holiday, but there’s trouble in Paradise! Coral Reefs and other important marine habitats are facing more dire threats... Read more »


Horseshoe Crabs on Rawa Island

The horseshoe crab is not actually a crab (Photo by Kev McLoughlin) The horseshoe crab is an ancient creature that was around way before the dinosaurs 445 million years ago and has not really changed: they are known as “living fossils”. This marine animal is an arthropod, closely related to the well-known scorpions and spiders... Read more »


How Do Coral Reefs Support Us In Our Everyday Lives?

Corals are tiny animals that, collectively, play a huge role in the marine environment. They are also very valuable to people through the many ecosystem services they provide. These are services that we benefit greatly from and that nature provides for free, such as oxygen production by plants or water filtration by wetlands. One of... Read more »


The Polka-Dotted Blue-Sponge Assassin

Photo credit: Kevin McLoughlin at Rawa Island, Malaysia Nudibranchs are soft-bodied, marine gastropod molluscs, which are noted for their wide variety of extraordinary colours and forms. Many scuba divers fall in love with these creatures and it’s easy to see why. There are roughly 3000 valid species of nudibranch, but the one I would like... Read more »


Orca-Eco Update: Education, Conservation & Environment

We’ve been hard at work the last couple of months on developing exciting new initiatives that you the customer can enjoy or even get involved in! The last couple of weeks we have started giving our Marine Life Talks at the Rock Bar. We are currently giving a presentation on Sharks, come check it out... Read more »


Fish ‘n’ Chips to Moules Frites*

*may contain some plastic bits The Rise of Plastic in Seafood Unless you have been living in a cave with “Wilson” as your only mate, you would have surely heard about the huge issue that is plaguing Earth – plastic waste. Particularly single-use plastics, which make up a large percentage of the annual production of... Read more »

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 »


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 »


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 »