‘ADVENTURERS’ FOR A CAUSE: Life on WWF-Philippines’ premier vessel

By Inday Espina Varona, BMPM

Posted at Sep 02 2012 01:23 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2012 09:25 AM

House-sized waves, fickle sea swells and rowdy guests.

What’s life like for the crew of WWF’s premier research vessel in the Philippines?

**The world is full of brave souls who like climbing higher, diving deeper, driving faster, walking farther or doing whatever it takes for that great adrenalin rush. The crew of the World Wildlife Fund’s premier research vessel in the Philippines have the hearts of adventurers and channel their energies and derring-do in service of this little globe we call home. Except for this intro note, I do not own — or seek to claim — a single word in this post. All credit goes to WWF-Philippines; please acknowledge the organization when you share. It was sent by the group’s communications and media manager, Gregg Yan. Here is his introduction:
“Ever been stuck on a boat rockin’ and rollin’ on ten-foot high waves? Well, these guys eat ten foot waves for breakfast!

Seven-strong, the crew behind WWF’s main research vessel in the Philippines (M/V Navorca) has been dubbed the ‘Ocean’s Seven’ for their camaraderie and efficiency. They are the behind-the-scenes heroes who keep the vital lifeline between Puerto Princesa and the country’s most productive coral reef – Tubbataha – alive.

It is now their turn to tell us their sea stories. Please feel free to edit and publish this as you see fit.”

M/Y Navorca Captain Ronald ‘Kap’ de Roa at the helm. “Strong coffee and cigarettes keep me awake on long nights,” he shares. (Gregg Yan / WWF-Philippines)

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