Weekly Roundup July 16th

This week has been a very busy week as we welcomed new short term students and another group of Loop students. 

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We had coral taxonomy, coral diseases, drupella removal and EMP surveys rounded off with a trip to South West for a scavenger hunt. 


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We worked hard and played harder as we dove head first into each dive this week. We also removed nearly 5,000 drupella from the reef. 

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At South West we saw a large number of Acoel flatworms on different genus of coral. 


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and we were treated to good vis and some wonderful dives
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It was a busy week all round but was a great laugh with everyone thank you to everyone that joined us this week. 

We look forward to the upcoming week 

Until then remember its 

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Weekly Roundup June 21st - July 1st

These past two weeks have been non-stop here at the program.

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We completed disease surveys, EMP surveys, muck dives, 

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crown of thorns surveys and drupella removals and more.

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We had some fun recording data and exploring new areas of the reef as well as taking part in a macramé workshop, making our own coasters.

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It was also the week that we had to say goodbye to our Italian pair, Mati and Simone. This awesome duo have been with us since late Feb and have spent their time analyzing the health of the reefs through the compromised health surveys.

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Thank you guys for being amazing interns, hopefully we will see you back here in the not too distant future.

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Stay tuned to hear about the next week as we start a new course and welcome a new group of students and interns.

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Until then remember its

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Weekly Roundup June 7th - June 12th

This week was all about EMPS, Mooring lines and of course World Oceans Day

We started the week with disease and an emp survey

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Then on Tuesday to celebrate World Oceans Day we started with a lecture on plastics then we had a beach clean and ended with an underwater clean up.
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Thanks to all that came along and joined us we were able to remove 159.6kg of trash from above and below the water.

We also welcomed 2 new students and a new intern into the conservation team and we spent the rest of the week learning all about indicator species and why it is important to monitor the reef ecosystem.

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Flatworms, Sea Slugs and Cushion Stars are just a few of invert species.

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Juvenile groupers and long fin bannerfish are included in our fish surveys.

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and not forgetting the saw like septa of Ctenactis, the low cones of Diploastrea and the axial polyps of Acropora.

We look forward to next week as we jump back into coral tax and diseases.

Until next time remember its

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Weekly Roundup June 14th - June 18th

This week was all about Coral genus, predators and diseases as well as Clams and Sharks.

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We started the week with coral taxonomy when our students were introduces to 23 different genus of corals and the ways to identify them.

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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.

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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.

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We then took advantage of the good weather and headed out to check on our giant clams.

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We rounded off the week with some freediving and give everyone another chance to learn those coral genus in the water.

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Thanks to everyone for another great week and until next time its

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Weekly Roundup May 31st - June 4th

This week brought with it a lot of laughs, some incredible sunsets, some new sites, a triggerfish attack and an unexpected trip overboard. 

We completed EMP surveys on fish, invertebrates, substrate and coral diseases. 
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Took an upclose look at coral colonies and their morphological features
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Went muck diving  and came across some funky looking, nudis, mantis shrimp and pipefish. 
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And of course had a lot of fun above

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 and below the water 

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We saw some interesting coral health states as a lot of coral colonies and coralimorphs were affected by Acoela (notice the darker brown patches on the left and right photos) at Southwest Pinnacle and a sneaky SEB was present on an Acropora colony (middle)

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This week also marked us saying goodbye to another intern. This time is was the turn of Pierre to head back home but we know we will be seeing him again soon. Have a safe trip Pierre!! 


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Until next time remember its
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