We have had a new recruit arrive from Europe and I'm sure he's pleased that the rains have ceased and the sun shines on. Read below to meet Mr. Rene from Belgium!
I’m the new volunteer on Cerf Island for the Cerf Island Conservation Program.
My name is René, I’m originally from Belgium. I’m 22 years old. My mother tongue is french but I also speak and am working on my english.
I’m studying agronomy in Belgium and I would like to do a Master’s in biology. I’m in my last year of agronomy and I’ve come to the Islands for an internship. I arrived on the 11th of February and will be here for three months in which I will be working on the growth of the corals on the artificial reefs. I learn a lot about corals everyday and it’s very exciting. Savi teaches me how to recognize the different families/generas of corals; though it was difficult at first it’s much easier now. If you want to see my favourite corals, you can google this: Tubastrea, Leptoria and Physogyra.
I work everyday on the measurement of the corals using Coral Point Count (CPCe). I love my new work and I think that the two next months will go quickly.
I saw my first turtle yesterday and it was incredible.. We swam with it for 10 minutes and then we let her disappear. The people are very nice with me on Cerf, the food is good, I’m in a nice room and I sleep well."