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Surveying Indonesia

The SVII camera glides past some large and impressive mounds of coral at Amed, Bali. This area of Bali attracts many scuba divers for its wealth of coral and marine life. 

One of the methods for promoting scuba diving tourism here has been to install artificial reef structures in the area. You can read about our team's experience of Bali in the latest news from the field:
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Pre-dive brief at 'The Drop-off'

Divers converse before starting their dive at a site known as 'The Drop-off', located at the southern end of Tulamben Bay, Bali. This dive site is at the opposite end of the bay to the famous USAT Liberty shipwreck and is known for its abundance of marine life.

Read about our team's experience of diving in Tulamben here:
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Cyclone Ita is currently hitting the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef - Ita is a slow moving category 5 cyclone which is likely to cause extensive damage to the reefs we surveyed in 2012.

Good luck Queensland. It's due to hit land later today with up to 300Km/h winds.
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keep safe and always alert wat happen to are nature!!
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Bali Mantap

As so many of our followers come from Indonesia, we're delighted to be sending two separate teams there this year as part of the Catlin Seaview Survey. This is epicentre of coral reef biodiversity.

Our first team arrived at Tulamben in Bali yesterday and they will be followed soon by our full scientific survey team.

Mantap! (Indonesians will know what we mean).
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Bali wow keren...:)
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How deep can you dive?

Pictured here are head of our Deep Reef Team Dr. Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert at the Hawaii Undersea #Research #Laboratory. The submersible you can see behind them is "Pisces IV",  one of very few operational research subs left in the world. Pisces IV can safely take researchers on dives down to 2000m (remember that scuba gear generally only takes people to 40m).

Our researchers from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland are always excited to connect with other deep reef specialists. 

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Squishy indeed - approximately 200 times atmospheric pressure.
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Life on the Wreck

After 51 years on the seabed, the structure of the USAT Liberty shipwreck at Tulamben is now covered in colourful marine life. 

Shipwrecks are reclaimed by nature when they sink to the ocean floor and can become home to a whole ecosystem of corals, sponges, reef fish, and other marine life. The structure of the ship becomes a substrate for organisms to attach to and provides a habitat for life on these artificial reefs to proliferate. 
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Balinese Hospitality

One of our teams has arrived in Tulamben, on the island of Bali in Indonesia, to photograph and reveal the coral reefs. Tulamben is a very popular diving location because the wreck of the USAT Liberty lies just offshore.

The local community here is thriving and appreciates the value of their underwater environment. The iconic tank porters gave us a hand with our diving equipment.

Read more about our experience in Tulamben here:
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I did my dive intro to the Liberty wreck! :-) Great place.
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Time-lapse: Coral displacing sediment

Another brilliant sequence from University of Queensland Marine Biologist Daniel Stoupin's recent edit featuring corals captured by a time-lapse camera. This short clip shows how a healthy coral can excavate itself from layers of sediment - this may occur after a storm event pushes sand over the reef. 

You can see the full video here:
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The Great Barrier Reef comes to Sydney

Ellen, our assistant comms manager, checks out our new display in the iconic Customs House in Sydney. 
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Spotting sharks in Sydney

The team at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) are currently studying the data we collected last month when we surveyed Sydney Harbour. During our transects we photographed and recorded a few of these creatures - the spotted #wobbegong. They are very well camouflaged against the sand and rocks that line the bottom of #Sydney Harbour.

You can read more about our Sydney survey work here:
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The Catlin Seaview Survey is a global science and communication project - recording and revealing our rapidly changing oceans.

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline - we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection.

In response to this issue, the Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.

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