Weekly Roundup June 14th - June 18th
This week was all about Coral genus, predators and diseases as well as Clams and Sharks.
We started the week with coral taxonomy when our students were introduces to 23 different genus of corals and the ways to identify them.
Next came our coral predator lecture as we took to the water to remove drupella sea snails from the reef. With 2 people we were able to remove over 1,000 individuals taking our total for the year so far to over 25,000 snails removed.
We then moved onto coral compromised health states to understand the health of the corals down our EMP lines
Diseases such as Skeletal eroding band and white syndrome were present across the line ad well as signs of predation and overgrowth from algae and tunicates.
We then took advantage of the good weather and headed out to check on our giant clams.
We rounded off the week with some freediving and give everyone another chance to learn those coral genus in the water.
Thanks to everyone for another great week and until next time its