Tag Archives: Philippines

discovery of giant shipworm as long as a twin bed


The abstract was published in National Academy of Sciences 4/17/17 by Daniel Distel et al University of Utah, Northeastern University, University of the Philippines, Sultan Kudarat State University, and Drexil: “Discovery of chemoautotrophic symbiosis in the giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) extends wooden-steps theory”

The epic shipworm star of the video was shipped from an undisclosed location in the Philippines. This was the first collection of a live specimen. The immense mollusks are submerged vertically and almost entirely beneath a muddy sea bottom. Two ‘tusk like’ siphons sprout above the seabed like a tap root vegetable.

People eat the little ones, Teredo Navalis. These ‘termites of the sea’ wreaked havoc, devouring Dutch dikes in the 1730s, weakening vessels as purported with the Nantucket whaling ship Essex in 1821, and crumbling San Francisco’s harbor infrastructure 1919. They  were first reported in Massachusetts in 1839:  “in the sheathing of foreign wooden vessels. A century later the species was abundant in samples taken from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts. The species was first collected from Long Island Sound in 1869, again from the timbers of a sailing vessel. Within several decades the species was collected in abundance in test boards from all around New York Harbor (Brown 1953).” 

Gloucester’s historic copper marine paint manufacturer, Tarr and Wonson, became the most trusted name in the business of protective paint. The iconic harbor motif still stands. The Paint Factory is now Ocean Alliance.

Jessica Eddy Represents! Underwater In the Philippines

This right here has got to be top 5 of all time Represents! Tremendous!!!

Jessica Eddy writes-

Hi Joey, Here are some photos from a recent trip to the Philippines. These were fun photos to take. I did so much diving–it was nice break to pose with the sticker instead of look at fish. But know I think I need a new sticker!!


GMG Represents from 3000 leagues under the sea.


This fish loves GMG!


Hawksbill Turtle represents!


Overlooking Turtle Bay on the island of Cebu, The Philippines.

Sarah Cafasso Represents! in the Philippines

  Hi Joey,
My niece is in the Peace Corps and has been in the Philippines since the
fall. She is in Coastal Resource Management and is helping their  fishing
community with environmental protection and sustenance. She is in the
Southern Leyte region, which is  below the main island that Manila is on,
and she is on a very remote island.  I sent her a GMG sticker and every time
I write, I reminded her to take a pic for GMG. Well, she must have gotten
tired of my nagging, because she finally did! So you can add Philippines to
your growing list of "representation" !
Best regards,
Valerie Marino