It's been over a week since we've arrived in La Republic Dominicana, and we've already accomplished a lot. Working from Bayahibe through Gianluca Lamberti's Coral Point Dive Center, we've gone through Reef Check/EcoDiver and SCUBA Open Water training, honing our SCUBA skills and learning about the Reef Check coral reef assessment protocol and the ecological, social and economic factors surrounding coral damage in the DR. We've also had the opportunity to take a night dive in waters near El Parque Nacional Del Este (seeing everything from bioluminescent dinoflagellates to king crabs and octopuses) and to spearfish invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois sp.). Now we're back in Santo Domingo, and today we recorded two 20-metre belt transects of reef health data in Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta, surveying fish and invertebrate populations as well as reef substrate cover. Check back here and on our Twitter feed for more updates. In the meantime, check out these photos of the past week, supplied by Maria Galo:
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