Night 2 on the Florida Reefs!
|Boat roster; two boat teams going out; one from KML the other from Mote Marine Lab|
A slow morning for those at KML as we tried to get some rest after the long night, and in preparation for the next few nights with spawning and larval caring.
|Peter, Charlotte and Chris help repair tents|
But by afternoon, we had boat kits packed, tents repaired, sea water filtered, glow-sticks ready to go, flashlights checked, and new arriving volunteers orientated.
|Mote Marine Laboratory, Summerland Key|
For the next several nights Team BURR will be going out on two boats; the R/V Diadon from KML and the Moat Boat from Mote Marine Laboratory in Summerland Key. The Diadon will be going to Alligator Reef every night and the Mote Boat goes out to Looe Key every night.
|Mote Boat preparing for departure for Looe Key|
Joining Team BURR (Anke, Shelby, Rachel, Charlotte and Sacha) aboard the Mote Boat from Mote Marine Lab was Corey (our captain), Kim, and Chris. The remainder of our army of volunteers and BURR members were at Alligator Reef.
|Anke and Charlotte aboard the Mote Boat|
Anke and Charlotte enjoy a lovely boat cruise out to Looe Key!
|Kim and Shelby set up tents|
All teams were a-go as tent set-up occurred at both Alligator Reef and Looe Key.
|Chris tenting M. fav|
Chris, tenting a beautiful colony of Montastrea faveolata
|Nicely done setting up!|
|Looe Key is a beautiful diving or snorkeling site!|
This is what we want to see!
|Shelby all geared up to check for spawning|
We checked between 10:30pm until about 11:20pm but none of the corals were setting or showing any signs of spawning.
No spawning corals, but a bunch of barracuda and even a shark were spotted at Looe Key
Back to KML by 2:30pm, Team BURR and all volunteers cleaned up gear and tents and headed to the dorms or bay house for some much-needed rest....who is going to dream of coral spawning for Night 3 on the Reef?!