CTI-Southeast Asia is happy to present the Treasures of the Coral Triangle Minigraphics series created in partnership with the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC).
This series features 10 protected marine wildlife in the Coral Triangle and aims to raise awareness about species at risk. A bite-size and shareable version of the Philippine Protected Aquatic Posters, it highlights the importance, threats, laws, and practical ways to protect threatened marine species. The series includes one feature article and minigraphics for each animal.
Module 1 features five threatened marine animals namely the whale shark, the manta ray, the hammerhead shark, the leatherback turtle, and the Irrawaddy dolphin. While Module 2 presents the sawfish, the sperm whale, the humphead wrasse, the dugong, and the seahorse.
Who can use it?
Anyone can use it. Educators, students, science club members, and marine wildlife advocates are free to use the Treasures of the Coral Triangle Minigraphics series for classroom, or club activities, lectures, and campaigns to increase one’s knowledge of marine animals.
How to use it?
Originally designed to raise awareness online, the modules are available for download and can be used for both online and on-the-ground awareness campaigns.
The module is designed to gamify learning and engage participants through quizzes. There are two questions for each animal. The first question introduces the mystery animal and the second question pertains to the animal’s unique attribute or importance.
The full content of the modules can also be accessed in separate blog posts:
The whale shark is the gentle giant of the seas and is a major ecotourism attraction. However, threats such as improper ecotourism and overfishing are threatening this species with extinction. See the full minigraphic inside!
The manta ray is the biggest species of ray in the ocean and provides economic benefits via ecotourism. This underwater acrobat primarily feeds on plankton but it is facing threats from overfishing. See the full minigraphic inside!
One of the ocean’s best hunters. The hammerhead shark is one of the species that is at the top of the food chain. Their job is to keep the ecosystem healthy but they are facing threats from overfishing and the sharkfin industry. See the full minigraphic inside!
The biggest species of turtle in the world. The leatherback helps keep the jellyfish population intact but their way of life is threatened by coastal development and by catch. See the full minigraphic inside!
A unique species of dolphin that has no beak! The Irrawaddy Dolphin depends on sound to navigate and hunt for food. They are threatened by dynamite fishing and by catch. See the full minigraphics inside!
A type of ray that has a saw-like beak! The sawfish uses its bladed beak which is packed with super sensers to look for prey and navigate in muddy waters. They are hunted for their meat and unique looking beak. See the full minigraphic inside!
The largest toothed predator! The sperm whale’s “whale pump” provides nutrients for phytoplankton thrive which in turn helps sequester carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Whales can actually change the climate but whale hunting continues up to this day. See the full minigraphic inside!
A rare and large reef fish! The humphead wrasse is one of the few predators of the crown-of-thorns starfish which devastates coral reefs. They are hunted for the live reef fish for food and aquarium trade. See the full minigraphic inside!
A strictly vegetarian animal! The dugong loves to eat seagrass and keeps seagrass beds healthy. Seagrass meadows are important habitats for many sea creatures but it is very sensitive to pollution. Today, the dugong has less and less seagrass to graze on. See the full minigraphic inside!
A type of fish that lives in mangrove roots, seagrass, and coral reefs. The seahorse is the only species with a true male pregnancy. Because of its unique look, the seahorse is sold as a pet or dried as a souvenir. See the full minigraphic inside!
Online Quiz Contest
To celebrate the Philippines’ Month of the Ocean in May and the Coral Triangle Day on June 9 we are launching the Treasures of the Coral Triangle through an online quiz contest. Up for grabs are a photobook, specially designed shirt, and recycled wallets and keychains made from a sustainable start-up in the Turtle Islands, Philippines!
This event aims to raise awareness on protected marine species in partnership with the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC).
After the contest, educators and enthusiasts can download the modules.
Full contest details here.
Edit: The contest has ended on July 8, 2016.