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The 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition 

May 12, 2011

Shallow Water Team update

The Aquarium team has joined the shallow water expedition early this morning and have already made two dives. In spite of enduring a 13 hour flight that departed SFO at 11PM and arrived in Manila at 3 AM and a 2 hour drive south to the CAS field station, the aquarium team of Bart ShepherdMatt Wandell and Richard Ross were suited up and ready for their first dive in Balayan Bay only hours after arriving.

CAS Dive Safety Officer, Elliot Jessup debriefing new arrivals for their first dive
CAS Dive Safety Officer, Elliott Jessup debriefing new arrivals for their first dive.

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Breakfast

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Loading the boats

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CAS videographer David McGuire preparing video equipment

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Dr VanSyoc ready to go

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Dito, Healy, Elliott, Terry and Beth motoring to dive sites.

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Chrissy Piotrowski sampling something from the sand, probably some kind of worm

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Sea Pen

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Beth Moore searching for seahorses and pipefish

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snowflake moray eel (Echidna nebulosa)

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Very cute puffer fish

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A little and big tunicate (a.k.a. urochordates or sea squirts)

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this big puffy sea star (Choriaster granulatus) is about the size of a dinner plate

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Dr Rich Mooi sharing one of his finds with Beth and Elliott

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Dave Catania of CAS and Joseph of the Philippines National Museum processing samples from today’s dives

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Terry Gosliner processing todays specimens.

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The expedition is proceeding well with many new species being discovered every week,


Filed under: Philippines,Shallow Water,Simison — Brian Simison @ 3:51 am

April 20, 2011

First Blog Entry for the Hearst Expedition to the Philippines

The first wave of CAS researchers are leaving for the Philippines in only 4 days. Myself and a few others depart on May 7. In preparation for SCUBA diving, I have had to renew my Scientific Diving certification and satisfy CAS diving requirements. This includes a battery of medical tests, X-rays, a physical exam, refresher dives, and the DAN “Diving First Aid for Professional Divers” course  - Thanks to Elliott Jessup for holding the course here at CAS.

I am also assembling supplies for collecting, snorkeling, SCUBA, underwater photography, hiking and processing specimens.

-Simison post #1


Filed under: Academy,Philippines,Simison,Uncategorized — Brian Simison @ 4:34 pm

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