Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A new start at Cap Ternay

As if we were a shoal of Dog tooth Tuna, all volunteers and staff at GVI Seychelles “school” together for one unique objective: to learn/teach and take care of the Seychelles’ ocean and coral reefs as much as we can. In fact, here at our base in Cap Ternay life functions similarly to life on a coral reef. Like a reef, base is the support system to an amazing and superabundance of life. A symbiotic relationship is established in an almost magical way among the volunteers; we share dorms, the kitchen, dive equipment, food, bathrooms, and of course, duties. Duties are a particularly vital chain that keeps the expedition running at the highest quality possible. Without them and without the Science and Conservation workshops, our conservation program would never be possible. For example, while one duty group is preparing lunch, others can be found studying fish cards, spotting fish underwater, or filling tanks for the next dive. With a simple rotation, together we create a perfect ecosystem where we learn to value the importance of all of our expedition colleagues and that of our personal work at the base. Without any doubt, this is our particular calcareous structure, one that allows us to develop as brilliant fish spotters and continue the process of caring for the Seychelles Coral Reefs.

However, Phase 21 just started; during the next ten weeks this precious Cap Ternay “Reef” will do its best to grow as strong and beautiful as it can. It will turn from a blooming fringing reef to a great mutualistic atoll.

From all the Expedition Members here on base we invite you all to be our special witnesses and we hope you enjoy with us this new and fresh phase at Cap Ternay!