Monthly Archives: October 2013

See you in a week!

Kia orana, everyone. This will be a quieter week on the blog, as the entire PICI team will be on Aitutaki (3 of us are joining the ALMP group who’ve been there 2 weeks so far). There will be lots … Continue reading

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Brief update from Aitutaki

Kia orana! Just a short post today; we’ve heard from our ALMP team presently working in Aitutaki, surveying the corals, fish, and invertebrates. Sounds like they’ve had long days, but they get to spend them in a beautiful clear lagoon … Continue reading

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Three bottles blue

Walking along near Rutaki, I (Tiffany) found a beautiful blob on the beach. This pretty thing is called a bluebottle, and it’s a siphonophore, a type of marine cnidarian much like a jellyfish. There are a few around Rarotonga that … Continue reading

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Trash talk: Stubbing out a problem

Probably the most common type of waste that we found during our recent rubbish round-up events was cigarette butts. This type of litter is a common problem, with cigarette butts and related waste (e.g. cigarette boxes) dominating litter worldwide. The quantity … Continue reading

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Blue sea stars & green sea turtles

I am still regularly astonished at the bright colours of sea creatures here on the coral reefs and lagoon areas of Rarotonga. I grew up in a semi-arid steppe climate, where most animals are responsible shades of green, yellow, brown, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the recent youth debate

I (Tiffany) had the pleasure of attending the youth debate on deep-sea mining on Sunday evening, organized by the Te Ipukarea Society and the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority (see the initial TIS blog post here). I came away impressed … Continue reading

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In with the nu

One of the most iconic experiences when one comes to the islands is the use of fresh coconuts. Well, often what comes first is the first fright on the island, when a coconut falls from a tall palm and lands … Continue reading

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Trash Talk: Fresh creativity using old parts

Thank you to everyone who came to the wrap-up party and art sculpture competition on Wednesday! We saw some great sculptures and had a lot of fun handing out prizes to the winners. We celebrated the success of the rubbish … Continue reading

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ALMP: scoping out the logistics

On the weekend of the 14th and 15th of September, Stephen Lyon (Founder and Director of PICI), Shaun Gilmour (Expedition Leader), and Mareike Sudek (Chief Scientist) flew to Aitutaki to scope out the logistics for the upcoming Aitutaki Lagoon Monitoring … Continue reading

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