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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

5 Comments »

  1. Как здорово,что люди имеют возможность заниматься своим любимым делом!

    Comment by galina — May 12, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

  2. It is so nice to get news from your amazing trip. Keep sharing all the exciting moments! Sooooo jealous.

    Comment by Norah — May 12, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  3. Limpets?

    Comment by Jim — May 14, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  4. Great pictures..feels almost like being there with the team. Thank you team for your dedication.

    Comment by Donna — May 30, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Love the tunicate picture.

    Comment by Lisa — June 17, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

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