Tag Archives: Aitutaki

Giant clams – beautiful and endangered!

Today’s post is by Mareike Sudek, our ALMP Chief Science Officer. Mareike led the recent expedition to Aitutaki and has also recently surveyed other lagoons and reefs of the Cook Islands: Imagine diving down into the clear blue waters of … Continue reading

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Operation COT: crown of thorns sea stars

A purple and orange, slimy, spiky, dangerous eating machine: the crown of thorns starfish (COTS) (Acanthaster planci) eats coral. Normal low numbers of COTS are fine: some corals are eaten, but the reef as a whole remains healthy and the corals … Continue reading

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A day in the life of an ALMP volunteer

Today’s post is a guest post by Jess Trewin! Jess has a master’s in marine biology and has been volunteering with PICI while also obtaining her dive-master certification in Rarotonga. Here she is describing what it’s actually like to be … Continue reading

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Maintaining paradise: Akaiami clean-up

Each step along a beach can reveal new and interesting sights: hermit crabs, dried coral, beached coconuts, rocky pools full of snails, crabs, maybe an eel if you’re lucky. In the Cook Islands, it’s possible to spend lots of time … 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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Adventures as an RA for the turtle project

In February and March this year, I joined Phil as research assistant. We flew to Atiu to undertake the first ever turtle survey and habitat assessment there, and spent our days riding a scooter around beautiful rain forest, surveying the … Continue reading

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Aitutaki turtle adventures!

Taking a couple weeks out from the usual routine of work, study, sleep to participate in the Cook Island Turtle Project seemed like the logical holiday to have. Why not head to a beautiful island, meet like-minded passionate people, and … Continue reading

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Christmas holidays Aitutaki style

Spending Christmas and New Year as a volunteer on a turtle survey in the Cook Islands was something of a last minute decision. I fancied something different and I couldn’t have chosen better. I don’t know where to begin with … Continue reading

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Working hard for the turtles of Aitutaki

Collecting baseline data on the turtles of Aitutaki involves a lot of hard slog. A typical day starts with a beach walk for a few hours. This might be to assess the suitability of ‘new’ un-surveyed beaches as turtle nesting … Continue reading

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First nest on Aitutaki!

CITP was really excited to discover the first tracks including a successful nest on Aitutaki on Wednesday 21st of November on the Ootu Peninsular.   During the initial nesting suitability survey, expedition leader Phil Bradshaw and the first volunteer on … Continue reading

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