Apr 072015
 

Steve and I recently became PADI certified Coral Restoration Divers.  This means that we are now qualified to volunteer with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) Bonaire.

CRF is a non-profit group “dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species.”  In Bonaire, CRF focuses on growing, harvesting and transplanting staghorn and elkhorn coral.  The PADI Coral Restoration Diver course was created to allow volunteer divers (both tourists and residents alike) to participate in this exciting program.

Elkhorn coral fragment in the nursery

Elkhorn coral fragment in the nursery

Young staghorn coral in the nursery

Young staghorn coral in the nursery

In 2012, CRF built the first coral nurseries on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.  Today, Buddy Dive Resort and Harbour Village Resort sponsor and house the main nurseries.

A diver swims through the Klein Bonaire nursery

A diver swims through the Klein Bonaire nursery

coral restoration foundation bonaire

A staghorn coral tree in the Klein Bonaire nursery

A staghorn coral tree in the Klein Bonaire nursery

So now that you know a bit about the mission of CRF Bonaire, the next post will get to the exciting part – the underwater work in action!

Links

Coral Restoration Foundation – Main location based in the Florida Keys

Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort

Harbour Village Resort

Contact Information – Learn more or become a volunteer

info@crfbonaire.org

Apr 032015
 

On a recent night dive Steve had another encounter with an eight-tentacled sea dweller.  But instead of the more abundant Common Octopus, this time a Caribbean Reef Octopus (O. briareus) made a rare appearance.

caribbean reef octopus

caribbean reef octopus

Like many octopi, the Caribbean Reef Octopus is a master of disguise.  This intelligent invertebrate has been known to mimic the shape and color of algae or even a coconut.  In addition to camouflage, it uses jet propulsion and ink discharge to avoid and deter predators.

Here’s a video, shot by Steve.

Have you seen the Caribbean Reef Octopus?  Daytime or night dive?