Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Orang Utans at Gomantong Caves

Sabah is always filled with surprises. We were thrilled when our customers, Lilian Foo and her group, encountered five Orang Utans near Gomantong Caves during their 3D2N Wildlife Adventure Program with us!

It was an experience of a lifetime!

Together with their guide Patrick from Myne Travel, they were able to be in close proximity with the Orang Utans and see these intelligent primates up close. For five Orang Utans to show up at once in the area is very rare, and we were very happy that Lilian and her friends got that special opportunity.

Orang Utans at Gomantong Caves2016-06-27T03:11:00+08:00

July 2016 PROMOTION Mount Kinabalu Climbing Packages

Climb Mount Kinabalu in May and enjoy some late booking promotions.

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!

MYR 1390.00 per person:  2D/1N Standard Mountain Climb: Accommodation & Full Board Meals, KK – KNP Return Transfers, Climbing, Permits, Mountain Guide, Insurance, Entrance Fees, Certificate. Ground Support Team. GST Inclusive.

MYR 1490.00 per person: 3D/2N Standard Mountain Climb: Accommodation & Full Board Meals, KK KNP Return Transfers, Internal Park Transfers, Climbing Permits, Mountain Guide, Insurance, Entrance Fees, Certificate. Ground Support Team. GST Inclusive.

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July 2016 PROMOTION Mount Kinabalu Climbing Packages2018-02-03T00:58:17+08:00

Global Coral Bleaching – The Most Visual Indicator of Climate Change

It was during the summer of 1989 that i first heard of global warming. Drinking Pimms & Lemonade in my friend Victoria’s garden, its was a very hot summer. Feet – ankle deep in her paddling pool we joked that global warming sounded like a good deal “England will be warmer” we laughed …. how wrong we were !

At the time, i thought that even if global warming turned out to be a bad thing – it would’t be something that i would experience in my lifetime – wrong again !

Now, twenty seven years later, i can see the catastrophic results of the earth warming up. Coral reefs are highly vulnerable to a changing climate. Warmer ocean temperatures and other stressors cause coral bleaching events which can damage and destroy coral reefs and the ecosystems they support. A major global bleaching event is considered one of the most visual indicators of climate change. Coral bleaching occurs within weeks, not years or decades but weeks !

Above is a before and after image of the bleaching in American Samoa. The first image was taken in December 2014. The second image was taken in February 2015 when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a NOAA coral bleaching alert.

Corals have an interdependent relationship with tiny single celled plant-like organisms called zooxanthellae that live within their tissues, giving the corals their characteristic colour. The corals provide habitat for the zooxanthellae, while the algae provide the corals with food.

When corals become stressed, they lose the zooxanthellae, revealing the white skeleton of the coral, hence the term “bleaching”. Bleaching can occur when corals are subject to sea surface temperatures only 1 to 2°C above long-term average maximum temperatures. If the thermal stress is mild or short-lived the corals may survive. If the stress is more severe, or over an extended period of time, the corals can die or partially die.

In 1998, a huge underwater heatwave killed 16% of the corals on reefs around the world. Triggered by the El Niño of that year, it was declared the first major global coral bleaching event. The second global bleaching event that struck was triggered by the El Niño of 2010. The US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the third global bleaching event in October 2015, expected to last until July 2016 it has already become the longest event recorded.

The two previous events caught the everyone relatively unprepared. The world simply didn’t have the technology, understanding or teams in place to reveal and record them properly. This year is different – sponsored by an insurance company interested in the risk resulting from ocean warming, the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, running off predictions issued by NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch programme (which have proven to be accurate), has been able to respond quickly. Working together with science partners around the world, these free resources have been developed to help you research and communicate this important issue.

Here in Sabah we are starting to see the impact, other places in the world such as the Great Barrier Reef & the Maldives are most affected. We feel that its important to communicate this global issue and support where we can. Stay up to date with the XL Catlin Seaview Survey & download the Essential Fact Sheet.

Photo Courtesy of XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

Global Coral Bleaching – The Most Visual Indicator of Climate Change2018-02-03T00:58:18+08:00