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|Newsletter July 2012|
Dr. Rodney Salm, on the status & resilience of Komodo coral reefs in July 2012
Looking back 40 years ago when I first came to Komodo and again 30, 20 & 10 years ago, I realize I looked for different things at different times of my life. Forty years ago, whale sharks and whales used to come right into Teluk Slawi and I would see them with each visit. Only in recent years have I become more interested in the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Last year I took a mini sabbatical of 7 months to see how the reefs of Indonesia and the West Pacific had responded to the heat stress and bleaching that happened in 2010 and 2011. While I loved the diving I did in many places: Palau, Yap, Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, islands to the East of Komodo, it was the Komodo National Park and World Heritage site that stood out as exceptional; and not just for its fish life, when so many other parts of Indonesia have been fished out. It was the state of the corals that blew my booties off! They were very healthy, had good color, active growing margins, low incidence of disease, and showed minimal damage.
Trip Report Komodo, 4-14 July 2012
By Karl Klingeler, Cruise Director Seven Seas
Back in our favorite Komodo for our first cruise after 2012 docking! We started the diving this time at Gili Lawa Laut: our check-out dive in front of Fish Bowl was beautiful - nice reef, good fish life, a white-tip shark and a manta at the end of our dive - not a bad start! Castle Rock was loaded with groupers, coral trout & fusiliers. The next day we moved to Batu Monco and had some great critters: orangutan, xeno & porcelain crabs, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and a warty frogfish, as well as a jawfish with eggs, blue ribbon eels and flatworms. Also some bigger things too: sharks & turtles.
Then we moved to West Komodo where the currents in the Sape Strait were cranking, but we managed to do 2 of our favorite big dives with good fish life, beautiful corals & lots of color. We did 1 exploratory dive which turned out pretty productive: 2 big cuttlefish, 2 gymnodoris aurita, ribbon eels and our snorkelers saw nice reef, 4 species of anemone fish, a white-tip reef shark and bump head parrotfish. Later that day we went ashore to the ranger station at Loh Wenci, where we were greeted by 2 Komodo dragons who announced mating season open.
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What's New on The Seven Seas?
More than meets the eye! We just finished an extended docking period in which we did a LOT of work on the boat, always trying to make it better. Brand new air conditioners in the cabins, complete new finishing in all the cabins, bit lighter than what it was, looks great! New wooden railing and other woodwork up top, new mast tops, new base frame for the winches (stainless steel this time), replacement of various pieces of hard wood, overhaul of the engine room, and just about everything else that we could get our hands on! Very satisfying to see her in Komodo looking better than ever and with all the equipment serviced, overhauled and replaced as needed. Cruising in safety with great comfort while having world class marine experiences is what she made for and more ready than ever to deliver in the new 2012-2013 season!
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