‘A Coral-full Ocean’ Conservation Night: expert talk, coral bleaching experiment and more

On 19 January 2018, Guardians of the S.E.A.A. kickstarted an exciting year with A Coral-full Ocean conservation night, in the company of about 60 participants.

Nivedha, our Conservation Team member, got the ball rolling with an introduction of corals and 2018 being the International Year of the Reef.
Dr Neil Hutchinson from James Cook University captivated the audience with his presentation on corals, including global coral issues such as bleaching due to ocean acidification.
Did you know that there are about 400 different species of corals at S.E.A. Aquarium? Our very own aquarist Amanda Leong gave the audience an insider’s view of how corals are cared for in the Aquarium, including 80 pieces of illegally imported corals which were placed under our care by AVA due to our expertise.
Learning about coral bleaching through creative demonstrations using purple cabbage juice. Acids and alkalis turned the cabbage juice a pale pink and green respectively. The acidification of the cabbage juice mirrors that of ocean acidification which leads to coral bleaching.
A young participant experimented on the purple cabbage juice by blowing into it. The carbon dioxide in his breath turned the liquid a light pink, the same way increased levels of carbon dioxide in the sea cause corals to bleach.
Matching the right cause and consequence of coral issues.
Mai the Manta Ray never fails to induce smiles.
A big thank you to the students of ITE College West – Green Ambassadors Club for joining us.
Guardians of the S.E.A.A. A Coral-Full Ocean conservation event
Jim Hudson, Senior Manager of Conservation, with Guardians of the S.E.A.A. members Dale Down (right) and her daughter Naomi. Dale, an Australian, finds our events informative and interesting, especially for Naomi who wants to be a marine biologist.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at A Coral-full Ocean. Stay tuned for our next event Beyond Shark Week: How science can help save sharks. This exclusive talk by world renowned shark expert Professor Colin Simpfendorfer is one not to be missed by marine enthusiasts and tertiary students in a related field. Registration details to be released very soon.

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