16 June 2016

Things have gotten more interesting here in the apartment in Hawaii, because my honey just arrived here.   He stopped in Christmas Island on the way.  (For the record, it is acually Kiritimati Island in the local spelling, where ti = s).  Austin went there to do some coral work.

Only there were NO CORALS!

The most abundant reef in the central Pacific was dead, dead, dead.

On the third day of the team’s coral hunt …

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Ta da!  One live branching coral – the whitish looking one in the foreground.   In the course of another day, Austin and team found a few more …. for a total of 2 acropora and 4 pocillopora (not sure about the spelling of the second one..)    In any event, six is marginally better than zero.

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They took the few survivors and carefully planted them on cement “cookies”

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And put the cookies on the coral table to start a coral nursery.  This is work that Austin has done over and over again.   May God protect these exceptionally heat-tolerant “coral-seeds.”

More news from Christmas is that they don’t have many vegetables growing there – Austin was starved for greens.  Then he realized they have an edible seaweed they didn’t know about.

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Ta da, again!   Here he is showing his new friends some new food.  It is a bit of an acquired taste… and they acquired the taste really quickly!

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Happy week, Everybody!

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11 thoughts on “16 June 2016

    • Thx, Karolyn. Your “botanist” I’D reminds me of an argument Austin and I have: he insists that corals are animals and I just don’t see it. You are on MY side ☺

  1. So grateful Austin is out there. Andtyou too ! Both of your communion with your world and relation to it are real and exemplary. Thanks for telling about it

    Loving Baha’i regards,

    – Bill William N. Thompson Ramón de la Cerda #437, Casa 3, Limache, Chile Tel: (56) 33-241-8901 Cel.: (56) 99-419-0022

    On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:44 PM, Flora and Fauna Weekly Report wrote:

    > Kim in Fiji posted: “Things have gotten more interesting here in the > apartment in Hawaii, because my honey just arrived here. He stopped in > Christmas Island on the way. (For the record, it is acually Kiritimati > Island in the local spelling, where ti = s). Austin went ther” >

  2. Austin must be very good at what he does. Hopefully he can repopulate the corral around Christmas Island. What a sad find for him. I’m glad there are people that are concerned about such matters. Hope you made your trip safely and are enjoying the beginning of fall there. It is getting very hot here, but lots of moisture. LG

    • Hi Larry, Austin is good at propagating corals because of years of practice. Right now he’s at an international meeting with hundreds of fellow marine biologists who study corals. We’re all pulling for a good outcome.

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