So, time flies! It’s been a month since i started working here and it’s probably one of the best experiences ever. I enjoy being here with Margaux and also with the corals and fishes. These past few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of coral monitoring and I’m also working on the coral’s and fish’s names fishes. We also have clients coming in for snorkelling and hiking which is interesting and fun. Sometimes when we have clients, Margaux does the coral monitoring while I show the clients different life forms of corals.
There was one day we went out to monitor the corals and saw a hawksbill turtle! We took a lot of pictures so we could check later on that week if it’s a new turtle or a turtle that’s been around for a while using this amazing program called Interactive Individual Identification System (I3S). We had to make sure we took clear identification shots so we can compare this turtle’s scute pattern to ones already in our database.
Normally on a busy day we can have clients going snorkeling with us in the morning and in the afternoon we can bring them up to the hiking trail. Last time we brought a couple up at the hiking trail to visit the cemetery and the view point with a nice rest stop view at the beach. I’m sure they loved it as they even opened up a coconut to drink the water and eat the coconut inside. And speaking of coconuts, we encountered a fun coconut crab!
Later on that week we had a group of clients which wanted to do some snorkelling around Sainte Anne and Moyenne islands. There was a group of 10 and we made sure that they had the time of their lives snorkelling as we explained the reef structure, pointed out different species of reef life and reminded the group of safe snorkel practices. It really made my day snorkeling somewhere different. We saw a small moray eel which was exciting and different types of reef fish.
Once we had a client that didn’t know how to swim so we taught him how to in the pool first then we moved in the sea so we could bring him out for snorkelling. Even if that day the visibility wasn’t good, he did appreciate our swimming lesson. We did manage to spot a lionfish and remove floating plastic bags from the sea. Later on that day we went on the hiking trail to clear the path way to ensure easy passage.
So far I’m enjoying myself here and everyday we’ve been helping and watching the corals. Sadly, there was one Favia coral colony which died from the Black Band disease, a bacterium which causes an oxygen poor environment and smothers the coral. But luckily there are other beautiful colonies of this coral around. Its important to never touch the corals so we don’t spread these diseases to healthy colonies. Im enjoying seeing the reef life (with even a few beautiful jellyfish) and I look forward to learning more! ;)