Weekly Roundup May 17th - May 21st

It was another great week this week as it featured fun activities above and below the water and a cheeky little night dive. 

We started the week with our Ecological Monitoring Program 

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These weekly surveys give us a chance to check out the reefs and monitor for any changes that are occuring. At this time of year we are keeping an eye on the level of coral bleaching as temperatures here are on the rise. 

We then took advantage of the calm seas to jump in the water armed with our uv torches to see how different corals can look at night under blue light. 
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Its safe to say we were not dissapointed and even though the weather changed throughout the dive it was definetly worth it. 

We encountered one of the most elusive animals on these type of dives, the golden moray eel 

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It was then time to work on measuring the coral fragments on some of our stuctures. These measurements are taken throughout the year so that we can monitor survival rates and growth rates of coral. 
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The team did a great job of getting everything measured up and just in time as the weather chnaged toward the end of the week. 
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To round off the week we started by jumping in the water in style before having an earlier dive ready for our exciting afternoon. 
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Once we were finished we headed out to meet a local lady named P'So who has a small shop that sells tie dye clothes. Not only does she sell the items but she also runs workshops to show you how to do it. 

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Everyone had a great time learning about the natural dyes she uses and how she achieves the colours. 
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Everyone got to work on their own shirt and each one came out a little bit different with the techniques she showed. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. 
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It was then time to say goobye to another intern, this time it was Conrads turn to leave island life behind as he heads back to the UK. Thank you Con, we hope to see you again soon!! 

Until next time remember its 

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Weekly Roundup May 7th - May 14th 2021

Its been another great week here at NHRCP. 


We started the week off by celebrating the newest member to the Conservation Diver Instructor Team, as Brad finished his training and is now a fully fledged instructor. 
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The downside to this completion meant that we also had to say Goodbye as his time here at RCP was ending. Congratulations Brad we cant wait t see whats ahead for you!!!!!!


But as we said goodbye to Brad we welcomed a new intern. Melisa is our newest recruit and we jumped right into the EMP week with her and she is already smashing throught he taxonomy. 

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We took advantage of the great weather we have been having and headed to one of our favourite sites Hin Wong for a Giant Clam survey. 

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A happy boat for all of the weeks adventures. 
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And to round of the week we headed to Chumphon Pinnacle for a scavenger hunt. 

 

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Of course at the top of everyones scavenger list was something big and spotty and boy were we suprised when this little 2m long whale shark came passing by. (Check out the link below) 

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As always thank you to everyone for another awesome week 

Until next time remember 

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Weekly Roundup March 15th - March 19th

Another week is done and dusted.

This week we welcomed our new intern Conrad and were joined by 3 students from Loop Abroad Emilee, Jennifer & Alexa.

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The start of the week was spent teaching our students about our EMP surveys at Chalok & Sai Nuan.

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We then took to the shallows to go on a hunt for the corallivores that we know as Drupella. The team did a great job and were able to remove 2,246 Drupella from the reef with some of those even falling into the less than 1cm category talk about eagle eyes.

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Thursday was time to explore the old mineral accretion site of Hin Fai, visibility wasn’t the best and the current picked up but we had a great time exploring the site and came across a bunch of different sea slug species.

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We rounded off the week with a trip to explore our Coral Aid site and use the coral predator knowledge from earlier in the week to look out for Crown of Thorns.

 

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Another wonderful week has come to the end. We end by saying goodbye to Alexa, Jennifer and Emilee and finished our last dive of the week with some over under shots. 
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Until next time remember

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Weekly Roundup April 1st - April 9th

These past few weeks have been a bit unusual for us here at RCP.

We started with the release of 2 sea turtles. The first had swallowed fishing hooks and was ready to be returned after a short trip to turtle hospital and the second was the little hawksbill we called Nam Tok.

We would love to show you a picture of the first turtle however it went so fast we weren’t even able to get a photo ourselves.
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Nam Tok however was not camera shy and we are able to snap some much needed photos of him.

We said goodbye to Kirsty as she went off to look for whale sharks on a Thai Whale Shark Expedition but more about that later. 

Whilst she was away we got to work on our new artificial reefs ready for deployment. Practiced our EMP skills and worked on our drupella collecting.

Once Kirsty was back we jumped into coral spawning and for 2 wonderful nights we bathed in the gamete bundles of both hard and soft corals.
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As well as coral spawning we also got to spend some time with some of our favourite creatures

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We then jumped into some exciting projects with our interns as they look more closely at coral disease prevalence around the island and rounded off this week with a layer on concrete on our soon to be deployed artificial structures.
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Weekly Roundup March 8th - March 13th

Another great week and this week it was time for everyone to take their knowledge of corals to the sea as we started with a substrate survey and coral safari.

Our students learnt some mnemonic devices to help them remember the 23 genus covered in the first coral Taxonomy lecture and came up with some of their own.

Can you guess the genus of coral if we were to use the word Platypus?

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1 – Astreopora sp, 2 – Fimbriaphyllia sp, 3 – Goniastrea sp,
 

On Tuesday we took to our home bay of Chalok to investigate the health of the reef and to see how many of the corals were suffering from a compromised health state

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Wednesday was round 2 of coral safari and another chance to find all 23 genus on the reef. We started with an interactive session with quizzes and games and took to 3 rocks on our safari.

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The guys did an amazing job with the corals and the next step is Taxonomy 2

 

On Thursday we decided to venture away from the reef on the hunt for a creature with unusual breeding habits, the seahorse. Unfortunately we didn’t find a seahorse but we did find some cool critters and a close relative the pipefish.

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To round of the week we ended with Coral Taxonomy 2 and we said goodbye to Ohm our 2 week student, come back and see us soon Ohm!!

 

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Let’s see what the next week brings

Until then remember its

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