As I was perusing the dark reaches of the internet for interesting bits of science and I came across this interesting paper that was recently published:
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs (link here).
While it seems self evident, we now have some interesting evidence from Fiji that this fear of sharks (by fish) can have a pretty significant impact on coral ecosystems. Why is this a big deal? Well, it turns out that we don’t actually know that much about how sharks actually shape the ecosystems they live in, and this may be an important first step in understanding the impact sharks have on the health of a reef. Cool beans!
Our resort manager Hal, wanted to share pictures of a nice day of diving on the Rainbow Reef:
A stellar day of diving with Dive Master Alfred and Boat Captain Nio. We did a drift along Rainbows End, where we saw several white tip reef sharks, including a pregnant female, and an enormous Napoleon Wrasse lunching on the reef. His entourage of groupers were picking up the leftovers. Surface interval was at the stunning Waitaitavi beach, where three of our divers were staying. Back out to the reefs for dive two, we dove Barracuda Hole and saw one barracuda, several more sharks, and a small hawksbill turtle. The colors were impossible to describe and photos don't do justice to the reef and the island scenery!
Fred wanted to show you a teaser flying over the resort in March. Not bad, huh? We’ll be posting some of the other flights over the coming weeks, with more footage available at the Scuba show in Long Beach, CA.
As official geologist of Taveuni Dive Resort, I can say that we did not even feel the Fijian earthquake you may have heard about. Thanks for all the kind/concerned messages I received. Feeling nerdy? There is a good link below the fold.
Hi Everyone, Geologist Fred here!
Maja Vinde Folkersen asked us to post a link to her survey supporting research in sustainability and climate change in the South Pacific. She is a PhD student in Australia. I took her survey, and she’d like you all to consider taking it as well.
Want the quick and dirty story, then here is a link to her survey:
The Great White Wall presents the diver with a spectacular opportunity missing from other sites in Fiji. We dive this signature site only a few days each month. If you want more information about the great white wall, go check out the Taveuni Dive Resort dive guide. If you want to know when we are planning visits to the great white wall just check out the schedule.
Fred here, I just wanted to let you all know that we’ve been accredited under Blue Certified as a way to gain recognition for all our hard work to make Taveuni Dive Resort a sustainable resort. Read below the fold to find out more!
Hi, this is Divemaster Fred, Chief Adventure Officer of Taveuni Dive Resort. Please stand by for an important announcement!
I'm armchair management while the important people are offline dealing with this little thing called Cyclone #Winston. Read below the fold for an update on our resort status, where to find the best updates I can provide, and how to ask me those important question you all have. Yes that is me, I had a nap once.
Wow, it's been a while since we've posted anything, and I decide to fix that during a Cat 5 Tropical Cyclone. For those of you interested, the coolest site for watching progress is over here at: https://www.windyty.com/?-16.952,-179.769,6.
You can also get official updates here at Fiji Met: http://www.met.gov.fj/current_warnings.php.
So grocery shopping is done, shutters are up, and the boats are pulled. We'll let you know how things go. Naturally, I'm here in the US, so we'll ask Jon, Muriel, and maybe Heather (our world famous guest) who is currently staying at the resort, for some cool pictures.
I've also promised the folks over at Blue Certified a post describing why we have decided to certify the sustainability of our resort through their organization. That should post in the next day or so.
- Fred out.
obligatory hashtags: #TDR, #BlueCertified, #TCWinston
The Honorable Prime Minister - Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainmarama pictured with Carl and Muriel Fox - the Owners / Directors of Taveuni Dive Resort during the Prime Minister Grand Opening speech. He talked about economic growth, diving, tourism, and sustainability (eco-friendly). He was duly impressed with the resorts solar system which powered the resort throughout the night with no generator!
Well, things are going pretty well here at the Taveuni Dive Resort. First, we'd like to show you some nice pictures Karen took of the restaurant being prepared for dinner. Can you imagine yourself sharing a meal in this setting?
We're Open. Jonny Wilkins, a local resident has helped with beautiful new pictures you can check out in our new gallery. More photos of adventures, diving, and the resort grounds will be added in the coming days. If you're good, we may even add video. I'll work harder if you send me brownies. Otherwise, Joanette and I will see you at DEMA.