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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Expedition: Danajon Bank photo exhibit in Manila Ocean Park

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Manila Ocean Park is currently hosting the photo exhibit about the conservation awareness for Danajon Bank, a 90 mile reef system located in Bohol. The Danajon Bank is starting to be damaged by over fishing and also water pollution by people who live infront of the bank. The reef is very rich on coral reefs and also populated with lots of marine creatures. Danajon Bank is also the most important marine ecosystem in the Philippines, because evolution of marine creatures still continues here and according to expert this is the center of center of marine biodiversity (source)

Danajon Bank is the only six double-barrier reefs here in the Philippines and this is home to 200 threatened species, and 500,000 people depend on this bank as source for their food and income.

I felt embarrassed when I heard about Danajon Bank, because I’m not aware about it and I didn’t know that we have a new found treasure under the water of Bohol, a treasure from mother nature that we need to protect and also educate the people about Danajon Bank. My concept for Bohol is not about the chocolate hills anymore..its now all about Danajon Bank.

Thanks to Manila Ocean Park for inviting me to witness the opening of the Expedition: Danajon Bank phoot exhibit, it is a group effort exhibit by Manila Ocean Park, Project Sea Horse, International League of Conservation Photograhers and the Zoological Society London. The 4 groups did a power house collaboration in showing the beauty and also damaged parts of the Danajon Bank in photos. In this photo exhibit, we can be educated on how we can see the beauty of it, how we can protect it, how we can help collab with other groups by sharing our photo online and also take part of the conservation awareness by sharing the news about Danajon Bank. This photo exhibit will travel around the world and will be viewed by different people. (Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Manila.)

At the launch of the photo exhibit, we met Dr. Amanda Vincent, Director and co founder of Project Seahorse, we learned from her the importance of seahorse in our marine ecosystem.

They invite people to visit their website – www.iseahorse.org , to join and take part of a photo documentation of seahorse sightings around the country. All you need to do is share your photo through their website using your PC or iPhone. The data that you sent will help them what kind of seahorse species are sighted in your area.

The photo exhibit can be viewed at the Oceanarium area of Manila Ocean Park.

Manila Ocean Park
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manila-Ocean-Park-Official/127750253907838

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The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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