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Pioneering work by Dr. Charles Mazel and others on coral fluorescence led to the use of blue lights and photographic filters both to produce stunning images and also to learn more about coral reef processes. On our team, Drs. David Kline, Tali Treibitz and Greg Mitchell, of Pacific Blue Foundation and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, are developing unique camera systems to document these glowing reefscapes.
Bruce, the bull shark from the movie Finding Nemo leads a Sharks Anonymous meeting with the mantra, “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” However, in Fiji, fish are both friends and food.
By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Daveda Tabu – Totoya’s Sacred Reef This is the third of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. Daveda Tabu means the “sacred passage.” It is the gateway to Totoya’s lagoon, the only entry point through the southern section of the barrier reef. When entering by boat through the…
I stood on the deck of the research vessel with Makareta Vinavinalakeca, the stunning young wife of the high chief of the Yasayasamoala Group. She could hardly contain her excitement. Even though she grew up on the main island of Viti Levu, Fijians have real pride in their ancestry and she will always be from Tovu, the chiefly village of Totoya.
Tomorrow we board our research vessel to embark on our journey to the remote reaches of Fiji’s oceans. We are headed to Lau Province, where communities hold their reefs sacred and mythical islands really can vanish like in the television series Lost. Through this expedition, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Pacific Blue Foundation, Wetlands International-Oceania, and the Waitt Institute are partnering to uncover the stories of the reefs and people of Totoya Island in the Yasayasamoala group.