Life in the Benthic Zone

10 Aug
Today, Condofish committee member Renee Desaulniers dove Condofish with his nieces, Tiffanie and Naomie, and his brother Mario.
It was the Canadian family’s first open water submersion after completing the confined water portion of the PADI Discovery course with Summer Salt Dive Center in Playa Hermosa.
On the way down, an interesting yellow fish with black stripes – about the size of a pencil eraser – followed Christian and Genna at the surface. It weaved in and out of their fields of vision, just a few millimeters from their masks.
Meanwhile Christian, Renee and Elise dropped cinderblocks and various other materials needed to complete various tasks on the mini reef, a construction designed to connect the coastline with the Condofish Artificial Reef Project.
Back on land, the Condofish committee received an email from a scientist in Marseille, France (if you speak French, you can check it out here – if not, check out Google Translate).  The letter applauded Hermosa’s artificial reef as great news for the area’s benthic zone, or the sea floor. Benthos (animals living in this zone) directly benefiting from a healthy seafloor include starfish, sea slugs, sea anemones, and not to mention all of the creatures higher up on the food chain.

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