This week marked the start of a new group of students amongst which were:
1 x 4 week course
1`x 2 week course
1 x 3 day course
1 x Conservation Diver Instructor Trainee
We started the week learning about our Ecological Monitoring Program and the species that we record as indicator species along the reef.
First up was the invertebrate EMP
Marbled Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia graeffei)
Jorunna Nudibranch (Jorunna funebris)
Our students made their way through the transect counting all of the invertebrate species that fell into our indicator species list.
Then came the Fish EMP and a chance for the guys to have a second run at invertebrates
The transect line
Longfin Bannerfish (Heniochus acuminatus)
The most exciting part of the week however was that our students were lucky enough to join us around coral spawning time and it’s safe to say the coral did not disappoint. We were able to catch a whole range of coral genera releasing their gamete bundles into the big wide world.
The aftermath of Fungids spawning
The start of Goniastrea spawning after the initial setting period
Acropora mid spawn
To round of the week we ended with Substrate EMP and Coral Taxonomy
Let’s see what the next week brings
Until then remember its