sHey all, its Emmaline... I want to share with you my experience of my internship at WiseOceans. To start of WiseOcean is a conservation group, founded by Abbie Hine, that works globally, they were set up in Seychelles 5 years ago and they are situated at the Four Seasons resort at Petite Anse. There main goal is to strive for a better healthier ocean for future generations. They specialise in marine conservation and education, here at the Resort they mostly raise awareness with guests doing guided snorkels, marine life talks, kids’ activities and they also reach out to public community such as schools.
The other part of what they do is conservation work, this means doing coral surveys, that is a way of checking the health of the corals. They have a project known as the reef restoration project which they grow new corals in a nursery to try to restore the diversity of corals.
Now let me tell you about my time spend at WiseOceans. It was really interesting and fun! I've spend my time in the coral cabana (you can find the picture below) where I had the chance to learn more on marine conservation, on fishes and corals. Every morning I went for turtle walk which is searching for any turtle nest on the beach. The beach at Four Seasons is so wow! This was my first impression on my first day and it still amazes me every day. I also did some fish identification training when we go out for snorkeling (I point at a fish and say its name). The snorkel is the best part of the day because the reef is occupied by many different fish that are really nice to see. I did a coral survey and found it interesting. There is also a picnic table that holds different types of books about marine life, such as fish identification books also books on sharks that guest can come read or search for info on a certain fish.
Helping out the corals
My supervisor's name is Georgie. She is the reef restoration officer. From her I learned about the reef restoration project. They decided to do this project due the coral bleaching and the crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak. They do it by building a nursery with bent steel arcs fixed to the sea floor, then they collect fragments of corals which are still alive to bring them to the coral cabana to be attached with a clean small piece of steel, then they are placed in the coral nursey to grow. When the coral fragments becomes strong enough they will transplant them out of the nursery to be attached with the reef for them to continue on growing. Coral takes a very long time to grow. During a year it could only grow up to 10cm, we can say that this projects gives a boost for helping the growth of corals.
To conclude I would like to thank Georgie and Hannah at WiseOceans for this amazing experience and keep on doing the good work. I had a great time learning about marine life there was a lot to learn that I didn’t know about, especially the corals. Did you know that they are animals? There are animal known as the polyps that lives in the coral and without them, the coral will die! Anyhow thanks for reading my blog hope it was interesting, please check out the pictures below.