This weekend Save Our Seas took part in the London International Dive Show. The event attracted speakers, exhibitors and divers from all over the world and provided a great platform for us to promote ocean conservation to divers.
Dr. Andrea ‘Queen of Mantas’ Marshall gave talks about her Manta Ray research in Mozambique. Her sessions were overflowing with people having to sit in the aisles when the seats were all full! Other speakers at the show included Monty Halls, Richard Pierce and Mike Rutzen.
At the Save Our Seas stand visitors were able to speak to Andrea about her work as well as take part in helping to tag a manta ray. By ‘tagging’ the cutout manta visitors were able to take part in choosing a name for the manta and contributed towards the purchase of another satellite tag for Andrea’s research. There were some interesting suggestions for the name and on Sunday afternoon the winning name “Terry B.” was drawn from all the entries.
The launch of the Lost World book by SOSF Chief Photographer Thomas P. Peschak also attracted a lot of people to the stand and one lucky person won an exclusive print Shark at Dusk in our Lost World competition.
It was great to see the interest and enthusiasm of visitors at the SOSF stand wanting to learn more about conservation and finding out how to get involved. We also received a number of generous donations which will go directly towards supporting our projects around the world. Thank you to all who contributed to our cause – together we are making a difference!