Whale Shark and Manta Expedition March 2021

In late March, Conservation Instructor Kirsty was invited to join onboard the Smiling Seahorse Liveaboard for a trip to the Andaman Seas along with Jamie Piyada of Thailand Manta Project. The liveaboard itinerary was designed to provide as many opportunities as possible to find some of Thailands Mega Fauna, the Whale Shark and the Manta Ray. 

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The liveaboard was the perfect opportunity to present the work both Kirsty and Jamie have been pushing within Thai waters and gave them both a great opportunity to share their knowledge with other divers, about these 2 amazing creatures and share their passion and knowledge for the ocean. 

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It also provided an opportunty to check out how the Andaman Sea differs in comparison to the Gulf and also gave Kirsty the opportunity to get some photos of some very cool critters. 

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From the Surin Islands, to Koh Bon and Koh Taa Chai, to the Similans, back to Koh Bon and Koh Taa Chai, and rounding of the trip with 2 days diving at Richelieu Rock, this was certainly a great trip. Everyday was something a little different and the onboard lectures helped to educate those onbaord about the marine environment. 

The trip came to an end in the best way possible when a 3m male whale shark appeared as we were descending. 
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Thank you to the Smiling Seahorse for inviting us on this trip and to everyone that came aboard. 

You can find out more information about our next expedition here 

Heres to the next trip, more sunrises, more sunsets and of course more whale sharks for company. 

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