AUSTRAL, March 11th, 2017, At seaPosted on Tuesday 28 March 2017
By Harry CHRISTENSEN
Cenderawasih Bay (Indonesian means: Bird of Paradise Bay) is a large bay in northern Province of Papua & West Papua. Cenderawasih Bay is the largest bay in Indonesia & a major priority for conservation of marine resources owing to its rich & diverse marine life, including at least 500 species of corals, more than 1,000 species of fish.
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a prominent species in Cenderawasih Bay. An understanding of the genetic composition of the sharks in Cenderawasih Bay & their relationships to whale sharks elsewhere in the Indian Ocean & Western Pacific Ocean is important for their conservation and to help design marine protected areas.
Our goal was to specifically assess the molecular genetics of whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay relative to the results of studies conducted elsewhere in the Indian Ocean & the Western Pacific Ocean using the cytochrome oxidase I (COI) gene of mtDNA.
We had a relaxing start to our sea day, by having a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, we were invited to Theatre Deck 4 to join Expedition Team member Harry for his presentation “Introduction to the Coral Triangle”.
Before lunch, we were invited back to Theatre Deck 4 to join Expedition Team member Katia for her French presentation “Introduction aux coraux et maladies coralliennes”.
After lunch, we were invited back to Theatre Deck 4 to join Expedition Team member Evelyne for her presentation “Volcanic Hazards, Monitoring & Predicting Volcanic Eruptions”.
Later in the afternoon, we were invited back to Theatre Deck 4 to join Expedition Team member Sandrine for her French presentation “Les vieux marins: introduction aux reptiles marins”.