Ahe region sharks will feature in National Geographic

Great publicity for the Ahe region……but with a slight note :

Michael Aw the photographer, despite being aware of the whale shark project in place, visited the whale sharks fully on it’s own thus not involving any of the local papuans working on the whale shark project. After his visit he started selling his own trips – again without involving the project – and even proclaimed to start up his own project…?  Several questions from our end where not answered so we don’t have a great feeling from this self proclaimed marine life saver.

Despite that.. we are obviously delighted to see even more publicity coming up for the region, but truly hope that all people that want to visit will do so in a sustainable manner and one that is beneficial to the local community! The only way we currently now of to do so is to book via Papua Eco Tourism or via the Ahe dive resort!

for the article announcement check out
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/whale-sharks/holland-text

 

 

New Ahe video from Antonio Part I

long and cool video of Ahe / don’t forget to wacht part II as well! – makes us want to go back pronto!

 

Feeding the whale sharks

Ok, this is a picture with a bit of a story behind it. The first times we went to the whale sharks the guys at the ahe resort told us that it was possible to feed the whale sharks.. we thought.. hmmm.. they made their point during this session… it is possible to feed them. To avoid harassment we don’t continue with this practice, but for all to share here is a picture from this remarkable moment.

Whale shark picture of the week

Whale shark calender by Markus Roth now for sale

One of Germany’s leading marine life photographers Markus Roth visited Ahe Dive resort this year and had some unique encounters with the resident whale sharks. His beautiful pictures where compiled into a gorgeous whale shark calender. The benefits of the calender will go to the Scubasigns Foundation.

For more information please visit Markus’ website

Whale shark picture of the week… The Jan-Frans special

A whollatta sucking going on .. Whale shark pic of the week

More pictures here