During these two months, I got the chance to be on the field – that’s so say in the water, literally – everyday ! I helped out with the maintenance of the coral nurseries, cleaning the ropes while freediving and surveying the newly transplanted corals into the reef. It allowed me to improve my freediving performance, staying longer and longer underwater... half human half mermaid now ;). I also help out setting up of the large-scale nurseries, which allowed me to integrate coral restoration techniques but also practical techniques such as knot.
I am also happy for having been able to get new naturalist skills about corals and fish. I am now able to identify a lot of different genus of corals within the coral reefs, but also some families – or species – of fish. I find it exciting to be able to recognize what I have in front of my eyes while freediving/scuba-diving ! Getting the chance to approach sea turtles in their natural habitat was also truly amazing.
I especially thank Dr. David Rowat for allowing me to undertake my internship within MCSS, Léo Barret my supervisor for his availability & his joie de vivre, Hemma my colleague for being my funny & crazy work partner, and all the MCSS members I met. This internship has been really enriching ; being immersed within the creole culture surrounded by nature in a such beautiful place as Cerf Island was definitely a great experience !
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