Bula from Fiji!
This week marks the start of the Great Fiji Shark Count, so we have been out searching for sharks every day. Yesterday, we saw a massive Eagle Ray at Shark Attack, which was awesome as it was the first time many of us have seen a ray while Scuba Diving. We have also seen several White Tip reef sharks and a couple of Grey Reef sharks on the reefs surrounding camp.
We have now started our survey practice, looking for fish, invertebrates and benthic (coral for those who don’t understand e.g. mum), which means that we are almost at the stage of getting excited about nudibranchs and oysters on a daily basis. On each survey the data we collect will be sent to FLMMA (Fijian Locally Managed Marine Areas) to help monitor reef health.
As we are all now fully qualified divers, we went to Namena (the marine reserve on the island across from ours, which has some of the best dive sites in the world) for the first time where we did a 2 tank dive with a stop off on a secluded beach. We ate fresh coconut on the boat and sunbathed during the surface interval. While we were there we saw 3 big white tip reef sharks along with a black tip reef shark and lots of triggerfish (the ones that can keep it up!!).
We have also been able to have fresh barracuda for dinner as Kai (our skipper) caught it for us on his birthday. We had another birthday last week for Alice and celebrated it along with Halloween on Friday by all dressing up as scary characters using jungle resources and lighting fireworks off the deck.
In other news the jungle shower is now up and running, so we now have a real shower instead of having to travel 3 hours to the nearest shower in SavuSavu on supply runs or using buckets on the beach. The weather has been beautiful, which means that the sea is lovely and warm, so we have been able to dive in our rash vests and swimming trunks without having to struggle into our wetsuit for every dive!
From Alice and Patrick