- Created: Thursday, 04 October 2018 05:43
A school of damselfish. Photo by Emily Chan.
Daily Log - Day 5 - Gaia Love
Date: October 4, 2018
Boat location: Misool, Raja Ampat
Dive site: Tank Rock (A11), Boo West (12), Yelliet Kecil (A13)
Weather conditions: Windy and cloudy
Gaia Love now reporting from Raja Ampat! The weather during breakfast was gloomy, with dark skies and strong winds. But the weather couldn't rain on our parade - everyone on board was excited to be in Raja Ampat and even more excited to be in the water.
Manta in the Blue. Photo by Jessie Xue.
Our first dive was in Tank Rock at 8:30AM. Within one minute of getting in the water, a queen manta welcomed one dive group to Raja Ampat. The whole dive was a never-ending meadow of soft and hard corals and schools of fish in different sizes. We also spotted a couple of reef sharks, a pair of eagle rays, and a pair of mantas at the end of the dive. It was a haven for photographers using their wide angle lenses.
On the second dive in Boo West, there were rows of sea fans, large and small. The palette of the coral reefs ranged from yellow to pink to purple. The school of silver slides showed off as they moved rapidly as a pack.
A diver behind silver slides. Photo by Emily Chan.
The third dive was a working dive! The dive at Yelliet Kecil began at 1600. The Fish Team tried to put a 50-meter transect, but the topography of the reef sloped and they ran out of space, needing to adjust the entire transect another 10 meters. The Coral Team was hard at work - they recorded the hard coral diversity in the first two sites, up to 40m. They recorded one rare coral species at 45 meters. On the third site, they laid a 50-meter transect at 15-20m with video and macro photography, and another 50-meter transect between 5-10m. Paul reported that soft coral cover was high, and hard coral cover was medium.
After cancelling night dives for the last two nights due to rough weather, the night dive for tonight finally pushed through!
Tomorrow, we continue diving in Raja Ampat and resume data collection for microplastics.