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