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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!