LOOK: PH Coast Guard gets new rescue ship from Japan

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expecting in August a multi-role vessel from Japan that will help in its “various search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations.” The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, will leave Yokohama on...

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle Critically Endangered Marine Turtle in Tubbataha The Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), one of seven marine turtle species in the world and one of five in the Philippines, is thriving in Tubbataha! Named after their beak-like mouth...

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Giant Clam Spectacular behemoths of Tubbataha Giant clams (Tridacna gigas), locally known as “taklobo”, are the largest and heaviest living bivalve mollusk in the world.  They grow to about 120 cm across and weigh more than 200 kg.  Due to its size, it has been...

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September 2014 BioSpot Issue Whale Sharks Gentle marine giants of Tubbataha During this year’s diving season, sightings of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Tubbataha have increased for yet unknown reasons. This could be a sign that there is an abundant supply...

Province Takes Custody of the Chinese Vessel, Min Ping Yu

On 15 August, the Regional Trial Court Branch 51 issued an order granting the Provincial Government of Palawan the beneficial custody of the 500-gross ton Chinese fishing vessel, F/V Min Ping Yu, which ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs April last year. The said vessel...

Tubbataha Shedding Hope and Inspiration

The twin atolls of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the middle of Sulu Sea once fell victim of human transgressions. The precious wealth it once contained were looted and the reefs were left almost ruined by fishers from nearby islands. Local environmentalists and dive...