Don't let the gorgeous lagoon fool you into thinking you have found some pristine pacific paradise; under the waves the reefs of Aitutaki have been ravaged by crown of thorns seastars.
Four days were spent surveying the (mostly decimated) reefs of Aitutaki in late April 2013.
CIAT13 (Apr. 28, 2013)
CIAT13 colonies (n=3)
CIAT14 (Apr. 28, 2013) This site was destroyed by COTS. No corals available to sample.
CIAT15 (Apr. 29, 2013): another COTS-ravaged reef
CIAT16 (Apr. 29, 2013)
CIAT16 sampled colonies (n=2)
CIAT17 (Apr. 30, 2013)
CIAT17 sampled colonies (n=2)
CIAT18 (Apr. 30, 2013)-another COTS-damaged reef
CIAT19 (Apr. 30). COTS clearly do not like Porites rus.
CIAT20 (May 1, 2013)
CIAT20 colonies (n=2)
CIAT21 (May 1, 2013)-no colonies were sampled.
CIAT22 (May 1, 2013)