- Created: Monday, 01 October 2018 05:43
Gaia Love skipped the morning dive to continue powering through the rolling waves. We reached the first site of the day by noon. Batu Kapal was the first site, found in the Maluku Islands, also known as the Spice Islands because nutmeg, mace, and cloves were once exclusively found there. In between dives, the Plastic Team sorted the wastes collected from Day 1.
The second site was Lava Flow, right beside Gunung Api, a volcano that erupted in 1988. The molten lava destroyed the marine life around the island, but the story had a happy ending: within five years, the hardened lava became fertile ground for recovery. Now, over 120 species of coral have been identified at the site, supporting diverse schools of reef fish. It was the perfect site for the Coral and Fish Teams to get to work!
Both teams did 50-meter transects. The Coral Team laid out two transects, one between 8-10 meters and another at 18-20 meters. The Fish Team’s transect was between 9-10 meters. A few team members were assigned to video and photo documentation, while others were in charge of identifying and counting.
The third dive was a bonfire dive, a night dive at Lampu Hijou. While divers were down under, the Plastics Team began counting and identifying the types of plastics collected.
Tomorrow at 4AM, Gaia Love is scheduled to sail to Run.
Reef Photos - Fabian Schorp
Coral Transect Photo - Rui Wang
Charlotte Young analyzing plastic Photos - Michael AW