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Second installment for The Search for the Nautilus Egg Nat Geo Open Explorer Expedition

Bula Vinaka!
Our team is here in Suva, Fiji after the normal "fun" of traveling across the world to get here - wonderful airplane food, better pillows, and even better sleep! Followed by a 4 hour bus ride, although the scenery along the coast of Viti Levu (Fiji's largest island) is incredible! Day 1 Goals:

  • Meet with colleagues Ministry of Fisheries to check on gear
  • Meet with Department of Environment officials
  • Meet with colleagues at University of South Pacific to finalize logistics of nautilus holding aquariums
  • Make a gear list for the next day
  • Get some REST!
All of the above was accomplished, more or less, and we have a good plan in place for a successful expedition all around! Moce mada!
 

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Laucala Bay, Suva, Central, Fiji - Day 2 of The Search for the Nautilus Egg

Day 2 - Suva, Fiji
Bula! We are collaborating with the University of South Pacific (USP) on this project and today, were at work setting up the holding aquariums for the nautiluses. These are perfect sized aquariums to use for this project! We will be holding the nautiluses in the aquarium on the left, so we will be adding a chilling unit to it. The other two aquariums will be to make up saltwater for water changes. Pretty good setup we have here! We also worked on the logistics of boat use and finding some remaining miscellaneous gear items... the most lucky to find was the perfect sized powerhead pump and the perfect sized tubing to fit on it in the only aquarium store in Suva. It's almost like it was meant to be!!! Tonight we will be meeting additional faculty, staff, and students at USP to learn about some of their projects and share the work we will be doing. Tomorrow, it's time to work on finalizing the nautilus traps and if we are lucky, get them in the water tomorrow.
 

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Days 3-4: Rugby, Mangroves, and Tidepooling!The last two days have been slow going. We have prepared pretty much everything that we can in the lab to be ready for nautiluses. Now, just going through the logistics of finalizing our traps and boats... In the mean time, we enjoyed some rugby where the Flying Fijians beat the Maori All Blacks in a wonderfully, fun game! Then, we headed out to a local beach for some tidepooling and walked around some magnificent mangroves. Oh, and the restroom artwork was PHENOMENAL!!! (of course it was a nautilus!) But, the fun starts tomorrow as we will be setting our nautilus traps!!! Moce mada!
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