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Crystal Dive > News Archive > 2015 > October 8th


Crystal Dive on the ABC Network


During a recent research trip to Koh Tao Kailash joined his dad, Nathan as a presenter on an episode of the ABC America program Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin.


Jeff Corwin in Koh Tao


The episode featured Nathan and Kailash’s work on Koh Tao. For the last 8 years Nathan and Kailash have been working with Crystal Dive and Eco Koh Tao to build artificial reefs and restore and preserve the reefs around Koh Tao.


Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Mysteries team contacted Eco Koh Tao having received a tip-off from Project Aware international that Crystal Dive had this awesome conservation team doing great work in the Gulf of Thailand. After a few conversations they decided to showcase the fantastic rehabilitation work with both giant clams and coral nurseries on the artificial reefs of Koh Tao.


Jeff Corwin in Koh Tao


The film crew teamed up with Crystal Dive and spent a day filming Jeff, Nathan and Kailash Cook at a local dive site, transplanting coral fragments onto artificial reefs and doing the same with some giant clams.


Kailash has recently been raising money to return from his home in Australia to complete some research and present his findings at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii in 2015. As part of Koh Tao’s conservation activities a number of artificial reefs have been built and deployed to reduce the pressure of excessive numbers of divers on the natural reefs.


Jeff Corwin in Koh Tao


The research will look at whether artificial reefs attract a similar level of biodiversity to that of the nearby natural reefs. He’ll also be looking at the social science aspect of artificial reefs and try to gauge what the visitor experience is like, and whether artificial reefs are being accepted by residents and visitors alike.


Jeff Corwin in Koh Tao


This Sunday evening (EST), Kailash and Nathan will feature on Ocean Mysteries on the ABC Network. The proposed screening date is October 10th so if you are stateside please look out for it. For everyone else, I hope we’ll get a copy of it online in the not too distant future.

The Indiegogo fundraising campaign finished in September and raised $2575 but funds are still welcome to support the rest of the campaign. These funds will support a research trip to Koh Tao to complete the study before assisting with expenses to Hawaii in 2016.


Jeff Corwin in Koh Tao


While in Koh Tao, we’ll also be doing other research establishing ideal sizes of giant clams to stop being eaten by predators and maybe some stuff on beach debris. It is an exciting few months.


If you are keen to follow Kailash on his adventure from the Sea 2 the Symposium, see his Facebook page and Twitter account under the same banner.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the journey so far.


Author: Nathan Cook (Eco Koh Tao)





..October 2015


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Hand Signals
"There are lots and lots of different signals varying from "I am OK" up to "massive shark" and everything in between...."
Koh Tao Nightlife
"After a long day of diving, or a busy few days completing one of the PADI courses, everyone need some chill out time...."
The Whaleshark
"One of the perks of living on Koh Tao for 17 years is I've seen my fair share of Whalesharks, although I had to wait...."
The New PADI Open Water Course
"The PADI Open Water Course is the most popular and famous entry level scuba diving course in the world...."
Scuba Diving For Dummies!
"Here's some advice for all your wannabe Scuba Divers, "Do’s and Do Nots" for new scuba divers...."
Crystal Dive on the ABC Network
"Kailash joined his dad, Nathan, as presenter on the ABC program 'Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin'...."
Junkyard - Our Own Artificial Reef
"Junkyard Reef is our very own artificial dive site. The site is situated 400 meters off shore and is approximately 10 metres deep...."
Becoming An Advanced Diver
"The idea of the PADI Advanced Open Water course is to 'advance' your scuba diving training and experience...."

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