Today was the first day in a while that our research team went on the hunt for Lingula reevii. According to Ku’ulei, North and South Bay were both under brown water advisory, so we decided to go to Central Bay. There were three sites that were surveyed in central Kaneohe Bay. The first site that was surveyed was to the left of the Sandbar, SB1. Here our 3 groups split up so that a greater area could be surveyed. Although there were a lot of tourists stomping very close to our random surveying locations, 13 L. reevii were observed. The next reef that we went to was Reef 28 and it was really shallow, making it difficult to move throughout the reef. On the bright side however… no one got stung by jellyfish today!
The next reef that our group went to was Reef 20. This reef was the most beautiful reef we have been to. There were so many bright colored corals and a large variety of fish that swam through the reef. The video that is posted on todays adventure does not give this beautiful reef justice. However, it does give you a picture to the awesome ecosystems that are in Kaneohe Bay. Then we saw a turtle that decided it was going to give our free divers a nice little photo shoot pose. There were also a couple of sleepy turtles that did not care that we were around and just wanted to sit in some holes throughout the reef.
The last stop of the day was at the Sandbar were Ryan, Josie, Justine and myself collected the sediment traps and then went to collect 3 L. reevii so that DNA could be collected and compared if everything goes as planned. Thanks for showing your support and we will talk to you again on Monday! Have a good day!