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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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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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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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