Coral Nurseries at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Month after month at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu we are happily observing “our” corals while they slowly but constantly grow at their coral nurseries. When we started this project 1 ½ years ago, we never expected to achieve such amazing and colorful results!

What a difference in Vibrancy and Color between November 2012 and March 2014:

Coral Reef in November 2012

Coral Reef in November 2012

The same Coral Reef in March 2014

The same Coral Reef in March 2014

Based on our continuous efforts to care for the environment, our coral nurseries are completely eco-friendly:
– Our skilled associates assemble the metal structures on site, using mainly scrap material.
– The corals we use are naturally broken corals ONLY: we collect them during dedicated snorkeling trips.
– The cable ties used to attach the corals to the metal structures are removed as soon as the corals are well fixed.

Friendly Black Tip Reef Sharks show interest in one of our Coral Nurseries

Friendly Black Tip Reef Sharks show interest in one of our Coral Nurseries

At Coco Bodu Hithi there are currently six metal structures in total, placed within the lagoon close by the Coco Spa, where 500+ coral frames have been attached during the last 1 ½ years. Thanks to the ideal living conditions found at this truly beautiful lagoon, about 95% of the corals attached have survived well and are now thriving!

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

Thriving Colorful Coral Nurseries

We have roughly monitored the growth development of some of the corals by using a simple ruler. The below depicted corals are particularly valuable to us since some very special guests at Coco Bodu Hithi have planted them.

Mark & Zoe’s Coral

Mark & Zoe’s Coral

Kian’s Coral

Kian’s Coral

Paola’s Coral

Paola’s Coral

At Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu the two metal structures placed in the lagoon in front of Villa 66/67 are now hosting 150+ coral frames. Due to the more challenging living conditions at this house reef (strong currents, sedimentation and some predators’ high interest) only few selected slow-growing species showed enough resistance to survive. By now, they have finally well encrusted the metal structures and the slightest sign of growth is a big success for us!

It is always beautiful to observe the marine life attracted by the new coral colonies and to witness how some of them have even decided that this is a good place for them to settle down!

Blackwedged Butterfly Fish visiting the Coral Nursery at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Blackwedged Butterfly Fish visiting the Coral Nursery at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

A small Coral Frame hosting a Tubeworm

A small Coral Frame hosting a Tubeworm

A tiny Combtooth Blenny living at one of our Coral Nurseries

A tiny Combtooth Blenny living at one of our Coral Nurseries

The most wonderful result of our efforts would certainly be to witness an actual spawning (i.e. the sexual reproduction of corals) at one of our nurseries… This spectacular event is not exactly predictable but it should happen sometime within the next few weeks. At Coco Collection we are keeping our fingers crossed!

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3 responses to “Coral Nurseries at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

  1. Dear Chiara,

    we are delighted about the beautiful pictures of coral growth. What an achievement for the reef, at least at Coco Palm Bodu Hithi. We appreciate your work with the metal structures so much. We feel almost inclined to go for a snorkeling holiday on Coco Palm Bodu Hithi in the next two or three years. There is obviously another good reason for doing so: Lively blacktip reef sharks!

    Best regards from Germany

    Thorsten Albrecht & Birgit Kubenka

    _____

    • Dear Thorsten & Birgit,

      Thank you, it would be great to have to chance to welcome you back to the Maldives!

      Your hawksbill turtle HK317 “Birgit Elizabeth” would probably love to encounter you again while snorkelling at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu but at Coco Bodu Hithi you will also have the chance to enjoy amazing and
      colourful snorkelling experiences, with hawksbill turtles and black tip reef sharks included.

      By the way I am just back from a snorkelling survey at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu House Reef and I had the chance to have a close encounter with 2 pregnant female blacktip reef sharks!

      Looking forward to see you again,

      Chiara

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