Part of the analysis at Escalante this year is to assess the diversity of marine life towards an initial inventory into the number of species that can be found in the coastal waters. This has been carried out by day and night time snorkelling and diving surveys of coral and muck habitats.
This week after the full moon was particularly focused on night dives in coral reefs where the team observed coral spawning in a colony of Montipora and a partial colony of Lobophyllia. Also observed were an incredibly diversity of sea slugs and flatworms, and a seemingly healthy population of a frogfish species.
When adding giant crustaceans and abundant cephalopods into the mix, the team have their work cut out for them identifying all these species before finding new ones.
Check out the previous album here:
And check out the reports of our past work here: