26 Apr 2016

The Hydrous attended ADEX 2016 for the first time to host a booth, share information about our citizen science expeditions and present our 3D coral mapping work. The largest dive show in Asia, ADEX attracts recreational scuba divers, technical divers, snorkelers and even “mermaids,” some of whom are freedivers or underwater models….

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31 Dec 2015

~written by Yasmeen Smalley-Norman I wrapped up a busy year of traveling with a feather in my cap- scuba diving in the Maldives with The Hydrous organization. Sly Lee, The Hydrous founder, had been to the Maldives before in early 2015 to establish a baseline of coral reef health,…

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17 Apr 2015

The shifting of the South winds to North allowed us to work at the southeast coast of Rapa Nui today.  In a place this remote, where the nearest recompression chamber is across the Pacific ocean on Chile, we try to work safely as much as possible.  We take our…

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14 Apr 2015

A long flight from Hawaii to Chile to Easter Island deposited me on one of the most isolated and unique islands in the world: Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in the local dialect. Seeing the “downtown” area was a surprise to my pre-conditioned sense that Rapa Nui was a…

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17 Mar 2015

Getting excited for our expeditions and 3D coral modeling in 2015? Then check out the video below, which highlights 3D coral models from our scientific expeditions in 2014.

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25 Feb 2015

  Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific. It is chock full of lush rainforests, old strangler fig trees, sky-scraping coconut trees, and a myriad of flowering plants. Heated battles over land rights and usage have plagued the island since the head-hunting tribes a few hundred…

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23 Feb 2015

I awake at 6am to a dozen roosters on the property, a swollen lower lip from some strange bug bite, and the buzzing of a mosquito that apparently slipped past my bug net fortress. Despite the itchy morning start, I’m keen to start our scuba dives for the day in…

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15 Feb 2015

After crossing the Pacific Ocean, an overnight in Brisbane, and another plane ride to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, I touched down in one of the least visited tropical islands in the world.   Yet another commuter airplane ride to the island of Munda, then a 20 minute…

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06 Jan 2015

We wrapped up our work in the Maldives with a heavy heart, but also with scientific data from 48 transects, 50 hours underwater, 212,000 photos and 1.5 terabytes of data. Our three-week expedition was the first of its kind, as we utilized a new 3D coral imaging methodology and made…

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17 Dec 2014

  We’re making great progress here in the Maldives as we continue to survey reefs around Lhaviyani atoll. Our 10-12 hour dive days are followed by nights of data processing and organizing. So far, we have had quite surprising anecdotal results. As one would expect, we have found that…

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