Mantas and Dolphins and Barracuda, Oh my!

And turtles and sharks and oh yes, coral! This has been an amazing week.

Coral Monitoring Team 2010 K Adams photo

Coral Monitoring Heroes! K Adams photo

The 2010 coral monitoring team arrived a week ago and this Monday we started diving.

Our monitoring protocol calls for a 200 meter transect at each monitoring site. This means a *lot* of swimming and a lot of photos (1 every meter) to be analyzed later.

Katrina Photographing Coral

Guido and Anna's photo of Katrina photographing Coral

This is a photo that Anna and Guido took. I am taking the transect photo series along the 200 meter line using our homemade tripod. The tripod that ensures that each photo will be a .5 square meter and that it is taken from a consistent height.

It’s not all “heads down in the coral” though. One day we were accompanied by a pod of dolphins on our way to our monitoring site and on the second dive of the day we were buzzed by a huge manta. We’ve spotted turtles on the transect line and sharks down deep.

Yesterday we encountered two courting porcupine fish (Diodon hystrix), followed by a huge barracuda school performing an elaborate underwater ballet.

Barracuda Ballet, Kosrae Micronesia, K Adams photo

Barracuda Ballet, Kosrae Micronesia, K Adams photo

In between watching the show, we’ve collected data and photos from 5 sites and hope for 4 or 5 more next week.

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One Response to Mantas and Dolphins and Barracuda, Oh my!

  1. Grant says:

    Great job Katrina and Coral monitoring team!! sounds like another amazing week in Kosrae, the jewel of Micronesia….