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Introducing Oceanswell

Oceanswell is Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organisation. Watch this snippet to learn more!

Society for Marine Mammalogy plenary talk: Asha de Vos

Listen as Dr. Asha de Vos talks about the current marine conservation climate and the need for changing it to change the trajectory of marine conservation. She speaks from her experiences as a researcher from a developing country accessing a field that is largely developed country focused.

The Spark: National Geographic: Asha De Vos

What makes an explorer? Who are these explorers? Find out right here!

Planet or plastic? Take the pledge now!

National Geographic PSA urging people to take the #PlanetOrPlastic pledge.

Sea otters, kelp forests, and the extinction of Steller’s sea cow

A quick summary of the paper by Estes et al. (2016) that was discussed at Oceanswell’s 7th Marine Conservation Conversations on the 25th of May 2018. It’s our first ever attempt at doing a time lapse. If you want to join our next session do follow along on social media (FB, Instagram, Twitter) @OceanswellOrg

Radio interview with Dr. Asha de Vos

Asha chats with Sam from the LiteCafe about blue whales, Oceanswell’s marine conservation conversations, and what we can all do to save our oceans.

Saving whales through their poo

Asha De Vos is a marine biologist who runs Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation centre, Oceanswell. For the last 10 years, Asha’s been working on a project to study and help save endangered pygmy blue whales native to Sri Lanka. She also goes by ‘whale poop girl’ because of what she’s discovered from the animal’s excrement.

Let’s protect Sri Lanka’s oceans!

Here at Oceanswell we envision a world where all people recognize the integral role that oceans play in our planet and are equipped to work towards its preservation.

Blue Heaven

The documentary feature by Channel 7 Australia that kicked it all off. From back in 2011 focussing on our flagship project The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project.

Good Krill Hunting

Follow the team as they head out on the ocean and look for and collect tiny crustaceans that might be a clue into the feeding habits of some of the giants in this part of the ocean!

Blue’s Clues

Follow the team as they collect whale poo for science and learn how it’s done!

Be a responsible whale-watcher folks!

A short clip where Dr. Asha de Vos encourage people to become responsible whale-watchers.

Saving Sri Lanka’s blue whales

Marine biologist Asha de Vos wants to save a little-understood population of blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Earth Day 2017 Message from Dr. Asha de Vos

Dr. de Vos’ thoughts on Earth Day 2017 filmed by the US Embassy.

LifeOnline Womens Day

A message from marine biologist and ocean educator Asha de Vos, for International Women’s Day.

Why are blue whales so enormous?

Blue whales are the largest animals on the planet, but what helps them grow to the length of a basketball court? Asha de Vos explains why the size of krill make them the ideal food for the blue whale — it’s as if the blue whale was made to eat krill (and krill was made to be eaten by the blue whale).

How Finding Blue Whale Poop Changed My Life

There are not many people who can say their career started with a pile of poop, but that is just what happened with marine biologist and 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asha de Vos.

Inspired by a blue whale skeleton!

Inspiration is everywhere if you are open to it! Watch this short video to hear how a blue whale skeleton piqued the curiosity of our founder as a little girl and what she REALLY thinks about museum exhibits.

Blue heaven – with Sinhala subtitles

Documentary feature by Channel 7 Australia on the work of Asha de Vos and The Sri Lankan Blue Whale project from 2011 – with sinhala subtitles.

Today I Learned: Whale Poop Freshens Our Air

The ocean produces at least 50 percent of the Earth’s oxygen, and strangely enough, whale poop is the fuel that helps keep our oceans alive. In this episode of Today I Learned, Asha de Vos tell us why we should all say thanks to whales and their poop.

Introducing Oceanswell

Oceanswell is Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organisation. Watch this snippet to learn more!

What is photo identification?

Want to know what Photo identification is? Find out here and also learn how scientists use it to unravel the mysteries of the whales in our oceans. Then contact us on to find out how you can contribute too!