Blue hearted

Imagine being able to see into the deepest depths of the ocean. Imagine the water being clear as glass, revealing not only the hidden trenches, valleys and mounts, but also the mysterious creatures that inhabit the deep, unseen to man. If we knew these mysteries, these ancient creatures that dwell in our oceans, would we […]

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Coral Disease Surveys

As recent as 30 years ago there was almost no available information or data on coral diseases. But, in the 1970’s an outbreak of white plaque disease decimated many Caribbean reefs, and opened up scientists to the realization that coral diseases are becoming more widespread and pronounced around the globe. Since that time, more than […]

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Crown of Thorns 

This morning we went to Koh Nang Yuan and No Name Pinnacle and experienced 30 meters of visibility. This made it easy to spot and remove 25 of these corallivorous sea stars and enjoy the company of amazing wildlife. The crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a resilient and tanacious native of coral reefs in the […]

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Artificial Reefs & Coral Nurseries

Coral nurseries and artificial reefs are a form of active restoration aimed at increasing coral health, diversity, or abundance. Corals  are colonial organisms which reproduce primarily asexually to grow larger or repair damaged areas. Because of this feature, we are able to grow new coral colonies from smaller or broken pieces of coral, called fragments. […]

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Turtle Conservation

  Sea turtles are ancient marine reptiles that survived through the extinction event that killed the dinosaurs. Today there are 7 living species of sea turtles, which can be found throughout the world’s oceans (except polar regions). Although they evolved from land turtles and breath air, they only come to land to lay eggs. Here […]

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Intro to Coral Reef Biology

Coral Reefs cover less than 2% of the ocean floor but support 25% of all marine life. They are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, and also one of the most threatened. Coral reefs are organic paradoxes- obdurate, ship-destroying ramparts constructed by tiny gelatinous creatures. They are part animal,part vegetable, and part mineral. They […]

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Lamai | Ko Samui

If you do a simple google search of best beaches in Koh Samui, Lamai will be one of the top two. So naturally, I was so excited to get there. I was very disappointed. It was much more sketchy than the North side of the island I have grown to love. There are signs everywhere […]

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Maenam Beach | Ko Samui

Maenam Beach was very beautiful. It is on the northern coast of the island, and is very quiet. The resorts on the beach are much more modest and sparing allowing you to get away from any tourists very easily and score your own spot on the sand. The view is expansive, and you can see […]

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The Bophut Fresh Market | Ko Samui

The irony is in the name. Other than the un-cut produce, the market is pretty far from fresh. There are stray cats on the counter licking the meats, and flies on most everything else. Despite sanitary concern, it was beautiful. So many colors and kind locals. It has become a normal stop on my daily […]

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Chawang Noi Beach & Fishermans Village, Bophut | Ko Samui

It is my first full day here on Koh Samui and I already love it. My AirBnb host, Stephanie, is fantastic. We instantly bonded over a love of baby sharks and rambutans, and she mapped out a list of all the must-sees on the island for the average laid-back waterbaby like myself, avoiding any and […]

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