Continuing the story from https://scubadivingzero.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/coral-reef-restoration-project-1/, we went on a second dive after lunch. Our mission was to plant the corals that the elementary school students had prepared materials for during our first dive that morning.
During our morning dive, the students had been busy preparing materials. On this second dive, they were snorkeling above us, watching and learning. Looking up and seeing our young observers silhouetted by the sun was an absolutely amazing sight.
Dive #12 lasted 25 minutes. Maximum depth was only about 5 meters.
If you are wondering why I have been very light on details about the restoration project itself, there is a very good reason for that. The dive center has a proprietary coral reef restoration method that it wants to publish, and I don’t want to steal its thunder. However, I hope to share the paper as soon as it is publicly released.