This post is brought to you by the discoverers of a new mutant coral baby, Andrew Osberg and Cindy Chiu? The morning started bright and early, and what better way to cure the early morning blues with blueberry pancakes and coffee, followed by a larva collection of Pocillopora damicornis (lace coral), at 7:00 am. The parents were not punctual with their spawning time as we intently monitored the coral for a half hour before the lovely Anita found the first larvae and things went underway!
We collected, examined, and recorded with pictures a number of coral larvae and all sorts of common/strange organisms. Sadly we can’t show all the pictures that we took.
However among these strange organisms found, we even discovered a mutant larva with two heads! Isn’t nature great!
After our coral spawning session, we began to familiarize ourselves with the materials and methods we will be performing for our research. We went to the outer reef of Goby bay for a mock trial, and to our surprise there was a noticeable amount of coral calving! Maybe another potential project? Also to our surprise, performing our methods underwater is a lot harder than expected.
Field trials were then followed by a lecture by the amazing dive photographer, Keoki Stender, who thoroughly enlightened us on the art and science of capturing prime pictures of marine landscape & life. Afterwards, we discussed more on our research topics and communally agreed upon patch reefs that we will be studying for the next 3 weeks. Tomorrow will be our first research expedition to Sliver reef and 31, we are all excited to begin our experiments and have high hopes for a wonderful day to collect prospective data