Hello from Bohol! It is the second day of the marine survey today and I had so much fun with today’s free diving invertebrate transects because the waters were so much calmer than yesterday! I had the chance to talk to several people on how to better free dive and I am glad that the tips they gave worked and I went down deeper and for longer periods today. I was also very excited that I saw the crown of thorn seastar. I’ve read about the crown of thorn seastar in literature that it is ecologically significant as they feed on corals and could potentially cause large scale destruction of coral reefs if their population grows too large. And to see the crown of thorn seastar within the MPA is a little worrying. Below are some photos that I took using my gopro while free diving!
A photo of me free diving down