Dugong Shepards

  • Mother & Calf... always a good indication of the population health if we see them. Mother & Calf... always a good indication of the population health if we see them.
  • A group of three feeding on sea grass A group of three feeding on sea grass
  • Lone male we think Lone male we think
  • Great to see a big group like this. Great to see a big group like this.
  • and this and this
  • Feeding time at the Sea grass buffet! Feeding time at the Sea grass buffet!
  • We call him "Scar". He has been spotted for the past five years. Always good to see he is still around. We call him "Scar". He has been spotted for the past five years. Always good to see he is still around.
     

Dugongs – the mythical mermaids and sirens of the sea. These delicate sensitive creatures, a close relative to the Manatee are one of the top endangered species on earth.


In South East Asia particularly, there has been a long association with fishing communities, both as a staple food, and as a revered mystical symbol of power, and virility.


The dwindling population is being aided by dedicated marine biologists worldwide.  In Thailand, the Department of Marine Coastal Resources (PMBC) has responsibility for the care of Dugongs.
In 2007, The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation Thailand, (WARF) was approached by PMBC to request help conducting aerial surveys to help conserve the population that lives in the Southern Waters of Thailand.

Dr Kanjana, the head of the Dugong team in Phuket at that time collaborated with Tony Smallwood and The Flying Scouts to begin a long association which continues today as our "Dugong Shepherd" project.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We use HS-EAL for these missions, as she can fly low and slow with the doors off, and provides excellent visibility as a viewing and camera platform.

 

 

Each flight consists of a predetermined series of transects to cover an area of interest. The flying has to be extremely accurate often in very turbulent conditions.

Our admiration goes to the dedicated marine biologists, who never complain about the rough conditions.

 

Some recent survey details for 2013, 2014,, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Dugong survey missions.

 

 

 

(c) Copyright Flying Scouts. Photography and Video (c) Copyright Tom Potisit., Eduardo Loigorri, Marine Coastal Resources Department, Thailand.

All Rights Reserved. 2017

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