I am Sebastien, a young 23 year old student from Belgium at the Haute Ecole de Louvain en Hainaut. I study animals and how to care for them, I’ve had experience with terrestrial fauna but not enough about marine life. This is a bachelor’s degree and for my last year I am interning here at Cerf Island for the Cerf Island Conservation Program with Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. I am passionate about the marine world and I want to protect this threatened ecosystem.
The first task I had here was cleaning the beach and I was shocked when we had two whole bags of trash (but especially plastic). First, I thought the beach had never been cleaned, but that is only the result of one weekend! Each day we pick up plastic bottles to recycle them and other rubbish to free the ocean from this plague and endangered marine species who eat it, get stuck in it and gets injured from it (like the turtle in 2015 who was found with a straw in the nasal cavity).
I snorkeled for the first time today and saw the results of coral bleaching and other threats corals face. It’s sad but I see something, something great! Some recovery of the reef and healthy corals! I propose to each of you to come and see it for yourself to realize that reef recovery will take a long time and require efforts on all our parts.
Do you not want to see white coral in the sea? Do you search some colors? That is not a problem, corals are very important structure as they offer habitats to 25% of the world’s biodiversity include fishes, rays, urchins, turtles and if you are lucky you can see sharks! That allows for a wide color pallet.
My mother language is French, but I will be happy to help you in English during my six weeks here. After this experience I will go to Mare Nostrum at Montpellier in France. That is an aquarium where I want to experiment how can we make the best for the marine nature.
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