Sunday, January 28, 2007

Anchors Away




For a long time coral were a mystery. They were called a plantanimal, animal plant, and rock plant. We now know that coral are a complex mix of animal and plant life with microscopic forms of plants called algae living within the coral. The type of algae that lives within the coral are called zooxanthellae. The small animals that make up coral are called polyps. source

This video illustrates what happens when you drop anchor on a coral reef.

9 comments:

Brendan said...

Hey thanks for the weather update on my blog! It's much appreciated! I hope it will be hot and sunny!

Bruce A. Bateman said...

So who is the dumb ass that dropped his anchor so it could be filmed? Dive boat operators anchor on dedicated bouys whenever possible to avoid damaging the very site their customers come to see. There is no excuse for dropping the hook on living coral.

Mister Tanaka said...

Angelo, I hope you know who owns this boat and show them the damage they're doing to the reefs. Any ideas?

The Saipan Blogger said...

I know which boat dropped the anchor and I have reported the violation to CRM,DEQ, and DFW. They are working on it. I am going to give them the opportunity to do what they have to do....but if nothing comes of it I will go ahead and publish the name of the boat.

It is important to fine people when they do stuff like this, but it is more important to make sure that it never happens again.

Mr. Grant said...

Seeing this video ticks me off. Thanks for posting it. People need to know.

Saipan Writer said...

You need an R rating for this video due to its violence content.

Thanks for sharing.

scubatripp said...

Angelo, I have not dove Dimple for a while. Is there not a mooring line already in place?
If it's gone who's responsibility is it to replace it?
CRM? NMDOA? MVA? DFW? DEQ?
For boat operators if the bouy exists there is absolutely no reason to ever drop anchor and if it is gone (storms or theives) there is a proper way to anchor your boat without damaging the reef.

Anonymous said...

I apologize for being a nitwit. I went to You Tube and tried to rate this video, which I love. But since I hadn't done that before, I didn't know you just clicked on the number star you wanted. I thought it was like Amazon, where you could start at one star and keep going up. Mea culpa. I gave you one star. And there's no way to revise.

the p.i.c. said...

That is OK. I do not stay awake at night agonizing over the ratings of my youtube videos