Coral Monitoring Adventures

This past week I was able to join KCSO (Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization, a NGO), KIRMA (Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority), and Kosrae State Marine Resources in surveying the coral and reef health at 8 different locations around Kosrae Island. Our team was lead by Dr. Peter Houk, a coral scientist from Saipan.

Peter was extremely generous with his time and help me improve my coral id skills as well as teaching us some new data collection and analysis techniques. It was hard work, but worthwhile and fun.

Identifying and Measuring Coral

Identifying and Measuring Coral

And, oh yeah – I just happened to find the largest frog fish that I have ever seen. Here is his photo:

Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersonii)

Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersonii)


A face that only a mother could love:

Giant Frogfish FACE (Antennarius commersonii)

Giant Frogfish FACE (Antennarius commersonii)

 
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2 Responses to Coral Monitoring Adventures

  1. Alice says:

    Beautiful Katrina — I wonder if I’ve seen that critter and just thought it was part of the reef? Good eye. Alice