- Created: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 05:43
A school of jacks in the site Too Many Fish. Photo by Emily Chan.
Day 4 - Daily Log - Gaia Love
Date: October 3, 2018
Boat location: Ruun
Dive site: Too Many Fish (AO09, AO10)
Weather conditions: Sunny and cloudy
We arrived in Ruun at 7:30AM after a bumpy crossing. During the pre-dive briefing, we were told to beware of strong currents in the dive site Too Many Fish. To everyone's surprise, the dive had only a mild current. The site lived up to its name: there were too many fish! In addition to schools of different kinds of fish, a bumphead parrotfish, and a whitetip shark, turtles were also spotted.
The second dive began in the same site at noon. We expected similar calm conditions, so the Fish and Coral Teams prepared for their respective transects. There were still too many fish, but there were also too strong currents, bringing divers to different directions.
Despite the current, the Coral Team managed to place their 50-meter transect at 7 meters. Our resident coral scientist, Paul, says the site had fair to high diversity and healthy reefs.
Paul Muir observing the corals. Photo by Emily Chan.
Coral transect. Photo by Emily Chan.
The Fish Team had to abort their first dive due to the conditions. On their second attempt, they were able to lay the transect and conduct the survey.
After the two dives, the Microplastics Team went out on a skiff to deploy the net. Our Principal Scientist, Charlotte, completed the microplastics count by the evening. We only collected five pieces of plastic: three filaments, one film, and one fragment. This was the least number of plastics among the three sites, possibly because Ruun has been our most remote site so far.
This evening's night dive was cancelled due to the winds, but this means we'll reach Raja Ampat faster! Tomorrow, we arrive in Raja Ampat!