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WIN a fourth element Expedition Series Blue Duffel Bag!!!
For this competition, we’ve teamed up with both our good friends at fourth element and Galapagos Whale Shark Project and Galapagos Shark Dving team to give away a fourth element Expedition Series 120L Blue Duffel Bag!
The Expedition Series Duffel Bag was inspired by discussions with some of fourth element’s more intrepid dive team members who reported that looking for a piece of black dive kit inside a black bag is never easy, but even more frustrating if you are at base camp in a cave system. The fourth element Expedition Series Duffel Bag was developed as a solution to this problem.
The blue colour makes it easier to find your kit, bright enough to be found more easily in low light conditions and distinctive enough to stand out amongst the bags of your fellow divers. The bag is made from tough and enduring heavy-duty mesh PVC and the base is double lined for durability. It comes with shaped and padded rucksack carry straps and high quality clasps. Buckles and compression straps complete a rugged specification. A removable ID card makes it even easier to label and identify your gear.
Galapagos Whale Shark Project & Diving
The GWSP is comprised of a small group of scientists and volunteers whose common interests are the marine environment, diving and conservation. All have been inspired by Whale Sharks.
We spoke to Jonathan R. Green who founded the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and Jenny Waack who spoke to us about the diving tourism side. Jonathan is a sciences graduate of the University of North London. He has worked for nearly three decades in the Galapagos Islands and has several thousand dives in the surrounding waters. An early fascination with whale sharks let to the founding of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project with a view to better understanding the part Galapagos plays in their life cycle.
He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London and when not in the Galapagos works on expedition vessels in the Polar Regions. He also teaches photography workshops in destinations around the world and has won several international awards.
Jenny Waack is a native of Germany. She studied business administration, graduated as Certified International Investment Analyst and worked many years in Investment & Retail Banking in Germany. Her passion has always been traveling and discovering the world. On her travels she fell in love with the underwater world of Galapagos, particularly Wolf and Darwin Islands. She is supporting the Galapagos Whale Shark Project in media and communication work as well as in participating in field research. Both now based in Ecuador.
Whale Sharks - Gentle Giants
One of the greatest mysteries on Earth and the biggest mystery in the Ocean, very little is known about the species. Perhaps rather sadly the old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is the reason why the human race has not focused upon nor truly understood, until perhaps recently, the importance of the oceans in the existence and survival of life on Earth.
Whale sharks are fish, NOT mammals, as many people believe. They do not breathe air! The name “whale” refers simply to their size. It is the world’s largest fish and the biggest shark EVER to exist. YES even bigger than the extinct prehistoric MEGALODON
How large are they?
They reach up to 18m-20m in length and weigh in average around 25 tonnes, bigger than the average school bus. The largest recorded whale shark was caught in Taiwan in 1987; she weighed 34 tonnes.
So how do they work?
Using a variety of techniques we gather data that allows us to understand key facts about whale sharks. Specifically which areas or environments are key to their survival.
Satellite tags allow us to follow individuals as they move both on a horizontal and vertical plane.
Photo Identification - The spotted pattern of each shark is unique, like a fingerprint, allowing us to use photo identification for “capture / recapture”. This lets us know if a shark is sighted elsewhere on the planet or when the individual returns to the Galapagos.
So lets talk about the competition and what you need to do if you want to win this very nice fourth element Duffel bag for your next expedition. So how do you have a chance to win this!
Check out the attached audio clip… then tell us what you think it is. Can you email your answers to email@example.com.
Closing date is Saturday 25th July.
Want to know more about the Galapagos Whale Sharks, go to their website for more information. Click on the images below to go there..