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Rangers and Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

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20 April 2009 

N8 55.799 E119 59.790

The rangers, Angelique and the WWF expedition teamThe rangers, Angelique and the WWF expedition team

Order of the day was an early morning group picture of the rangers with manager Angelique and WWF expedition visitors Alya, Yogi & I. After breakfast, we photographed WWF ranger Choy and TMO ranger Manny diving a coral reef near the station. They monitored through transects the health of the reef.  In this dive, a manta passed by and glided through a school of jacks!

Crown of thorn starfish infestation in the lagoon!Crown of thorn starfish infestation in the lagoon!

After lunch we went back to gathering COTS. It was a war zone out there. These hungry creatures decimated huge portions of the reef in the lagoon.

The inner lagoon, which is off limits to tourists, was absolutely stunning in the shallow white sands. Healthy staghorn corals were in Jurassic proportions. Every one of us had so much anger for these murderous COTS that Angelique had a battle cry “Let’s get rid of their race!”

After three hours of relentless stabbing and gathering, 1,422 COTS were taken out of the waters. We visited a private yacht later in the afternoon where we met old friends and made new ones.

Since we infected everyone with our COTS fervor, by the end of the night, Angelique had a pledge from the boat owner Ed Mijares of 6000 Philippine pesos for 3,000 COTS the rangers are able to gather the next day! The whole group from the boat also planned to join in. 

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  • http://www.reefscenes.net Nick

    We want to see more underwater photos please!


  • http://diversionoz.com Dirk

    Good to hear from you again. Nice pictures! I like the fish eye macro. pitty about the rain – but hey there are still 4 seasons ahead of you!
    cheers from home where everyone is honoring ANZAC day!

  • James


    The format and accompanying photo’s really make the blog shine. It would be easy to add a personal google map to give a more immediate idea of where this is happening.

    e.g. http://ikcnetwork.blogspot.com/
    If youi need a hand with the code tweaking let me know.

    Also – do you know the work of these guys?

    • stella

      Many thanks James. As to helping us tweaking codes and google map application of our travels, perhaps I can direct you to WWF International IT man Fernando Zarur – fzarur@wwf.panda.org. Cheers, Stella

  • http://travelcentralph.blogspot.com Caloy

    Hi Stella and Yogi!

    When i went to calatagan, the guys there do not stab the COTS as they say it causes that thing to release future generation cots. What they do is to carefully lift a cot using a thong so it will not be agitated and release more baby cots. Maybe you can ask your marine biologist friends there?

    Anyways, have a great time! Both wet and dry!

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