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Leopard Shark Expedition on The Junk

The Junk Liveaboards, in conjunction with Oceans For All Foundation, organized a special Leopard Shark Expedition from 8 to 12 April 2021. This expedition aims to assess the current situation of leopard sharks – presence, numbers, and habitat – in the Andaman Sea around the Similan & Surin Islands. The data collected during the expedition provide the basis of a Conservation Petition to be presented to the Thai Government in order to protect the leopard sharks. David Martin, founder of Oceans For All, joined us on board to guide us through the first leopard shark expedition.

On 8 April, everyone embarked The Junk from Chalong Pier. Just as we set off on our way out to the Similans, there was instant excitement. David Martin together with the assistance of everyone onboard released 5 small bamboo sharks into the ocean that originated from his foundation’s shark breeding program. Our four youngest guests got to name the bamboo sharks: Charlotte, Bob, George, Astrid and Austin. All guests took great delight in sending these little sharkies back home to the ocean. A unique event!

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The Junk Liveaboards Presents: Special Leopard Shark Dive Research Cruise with Oceans For All

(by: Renske Lauterbach – Marketing Assistant with The Junk Liveaboards)

The Junk Liveaboards has teamed up with Oceans For All Foundation to organise two special Leopard/Zebra Shark Expeditions: 8-12 April and 4-8 May. The aim of these two dive liveaboard trips is to assess the current numbers of leopard sharks in the Andaman Sea around Southern Phuket and the Similan Islands. The conclusions of this research provide the basis for the Conservation Petition. This petition is to be presented to the Thai government with the ultimate goal to protect the Leopard Sharks and their habitat in Thailand. Anyone with a diving qualification is welcome to join these 4 night/5 day expeditions.

The first trip in April ventures out to the Similan and Surin Islands, the second expedition in May focuses on the area south of Phuket & Koh Phi Phi. Are you a fan of leopard sharks and do you want to make a difference? Be part of the change for leopard sharks!

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Phinisi: First Trip to Myanmar

(by: Renske Lauterbach – Marketing Assistant with The Junk Liveaboards)

The explorer in me has always wished to be part of a ‘first time’ trip on a liveaboard. Recently, this dream became reality when I embarked S/Y Phinisi on a 7 night liveaboard trip to Myanmar on Feb 4th 2019.

The Phinisi operates from Ranong in Thailand; this is the town closest to the Myanmar Mergui Archipelago. All guests were welcomed at the B.C. Badin Resort pier at noon. After completing the Thai immigration formalities in Ranong, we all embarked and settled into our cabins. Chilled welcome drinks were served along with a delicious lunch. A short 15-minute sail later, we arrived on the other side of the Kra Buri waterway at Kawthung in Myanmar. Here, the Burmese immigration officers came on board so it was a relatively smooth immigration process into Myanmar. Then off we went; our exploratory trip towards the Mergui Archipelago had begun.

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