Mission 2020 is a platform for organisations from the global dive community to come together and pledge to change their practises to help protect and conserve our oceans by World Oceans Day 2020

6 months down, 12 months to go – time flies when you’re reducing plastic waste! At the beginning of the year we decided to officially join the global fight on single-use plastics by signing up to Mission 2020, (an online platform created by Fourth Element, enabling organisations from the global diving community to pledge to do something for the environment by World Oceans Day, 2020). Atmosphere’s pledge: At Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, we have already made great strides in limiting our environmental impact. By World Oceans Day 2020, we pledge to have eliminated front of house single-use plastics and will continue …

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On the 8th June each year, people from around the world come together to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of our oceans on Worlds Oceans Day. This year the focus is on plastic pollution; sharing inspiring solutions and taking action to limit its impact. Why are oceans important? Earth is truly a “blue planet”, with over 70% of it covered by water. Our oceans provide countless benefits to us and all life on earth. The Air We Breathe The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Climate …

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An incredible material invented at the beginning of the 20th Century, plastic has become ingrained in nearly every aspect of our lives. With over 8.3 billion tons manufactured since the 1950’s it’s difficult to imagine life without it. However, this isn’t something we have to worry about, as every piece of plastic ever made still exists today! As a photodegradable material, sunlight breaks down items into smaller and smaller pieces until they’re difficult to see by the naked eye. Depending on the item, this process can take hundreds of years, fishing line for example can take up to 650 years! …

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The humble sea cucumber is not a marine creature which gets a lot of love. Although, spend a few minutes reading up on them and you’ll discover they’re quite the creature with plenty of hidden secrets! Closely related to starfish within the group “Echinoderms”, sea cucumbers have diverged from the 5 fold symmetry of a starfish to a single, cucumber-like, body. With over 1,250 different species, sea cucumbers can be found from the shallowest of tropical lagoons to the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Vacuum cleaners of the ocean Ever seen links of what looks like sand poop? It’s …

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Whale shark in Oslob Philippines with Atmosphere

In my role as Atmosphere’s Marine Biologist, a common question I get asked is “the whale sharks at Oslob, should we go even though they feed them?” My previous work involved researching shark diving, shark behaviour and, as one of my favourite things to do is dive with sharks, I feel I’m in a fair position to delve into a conversation about this potentially contentious subject with our guests. There are plenty of articles online about shark diving, and the feeding of whale sharks at Oslob in particular, many of them opinion pieces which may, or may not, utilise the …

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