- Created: Tuesday, 02 October 2018 05:43
Day 3 - Daily log – DAMAI II
Date: 2 October 2018
Boat location: Manuk, Banda Sea
Dive sites: Northwest Ridge, Northeast Ridge, Southwest Ridge (W04, W05, W06)
Weather conditions: Sunny and slight waves (0.5 – 1.25m high)
The team started our day bright and early with a first dive at Manuk. As explained by our cruise director Irene, Manuk is a volcanic island where sea snakes roam around the coral reefs. As we approach the dive site on a tender, we were enthralled by the sight of frigates and boobies soaring high around the island. Tracey Jennings even saw the birds fighting over a sea snake in the air! The dive was amazing, we had many close encounters with the sea snakes. Renato even had a surprise visitor along his transect during his fish survey with Deon! Sam conducted her coral survey with Josh and was pleasantly overwhelmed by the huge diversity of corals.
The scientists teamed up with Joshua and Virginia for a second survey while the rest of team continued their hunt with sea snakes and general photographs of coral reefs. After with our last dive at Manuk, plastics team leader Sarah-Jo and Brett did a trial run with the plastic trawl and sieving of retrieved trawl contents.
The sea was rough today, the dinner table felt a bit empty as some of the team decided to rest early. We are currently sailing overnight to Koon and is expected to reach at 1000 hrs.
Sea snake cruising along the coral reefs at Manuk. © Renato Morais
The sea snake was checking out Renato’s transect line! © Renato Morais
Sam encountered a strange-looking coral. © Sam Shu Qin
Team DAMAI’s first plastic trawl deployment. © Sabrina Inderbitzi
The Damai Plastic team figuring out the best way to sieve the trawl contents. © Sabrina Inderbitzi