October marked a momentous milestone for Reef Recharge as we planted the 100th coral frame! We could not have achieved this occasion without the generosity of our guests and from all of the team we would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us! Mr & Mrs Miner helped Jack to complete our first century of coral frames on 4th October by planting three; TE098, TE099 and TE100!
“We enjoyed your presentation about the flora and fauna around the Maldives. Coral reefs are such an important part of an intricate ecosystem that brings with it such life. As we were snorkelling around the Taj Exotica we saw all sorts of fish, but also saw that the coral reef was in need, and decided that we wanted to act to ensure these waters remain vibrant and beautiful. The Reef Recharge program was a perfect way to contribute! The Maldives is such a magical place, we want to help keep it that way. Our families (Miner, Lising, Rawson) are proud to have helped the Reef Recharge program reach an important milestone.”
– Mr & Mrs Miner, October 2014
Stormy days have affected our snorkeling and diving trips recently, but when we have been out in the water we have been rewarded! One dive returned with reports of more than 20 grey reef sharks and lots of eagle rays. Our snorkeling trips have also spotted groups of squids and large schools of jack fish. Towards the end of November Jack spotted a Manta Ray as the dhoni headed towards coral garden; unfortunately it was just a fleeting glimpse!
At the pavilion the number of fish around the reef is still increasing, excellent news! A group of goatfish has taken up residence under the coral nursery and large numbers of jack fish are swimming around. The octopus has been spotted hiding amongst the reef several times and sergeant majors are laying eggs in huge numbers on the small wreck next to the reef. We also have a lot of fishy helpers; herbivorous fish are grazing on the algae on the coral frames – a big help for Jack!
All in all an excellent couple of months!