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Sea Snake Shenanigans

Almost 70 different known species of sea snakes roam around our oceans and they usually get to be about 2 meters long. They are equipped with paddle-like tails and many have laterally compressed bodies that give them an eel-like appearance. However, unlike eels, sea snakes don’t have gills and must regularly swim to the surface to breathe. Despite their (in)famous potent venom, sea snakes are generally very mild-tempered and will not bite unless provoked. Best to watch their beauty from a safe distance!

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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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