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Coral reefs are extraordinary ecosystems found underwater and some are vast enough to be seen from space. The foundation of reefs are built slowly and firmly, layer by layer, by small and brilliant invertebrate animals- corals! With ocean experiences like SCUBA diving, snorkeling and tidepooling accessible to anyone who is interested, the time is ripe to talk about the little known architects of this underwater world who support at least a quarter of our marine diversity, provide us food, protect our coastlines and give us a space to immerse ourselves in nature, beauty and find peace. From asking questions like ‘what are corals?’ and ‘are you sure they are alive?’ to ‘what is coral bleaching?’ and ‘is it true that corals are on the brink of extinction?’, this talk aims to be an introduction to 21st century corals and why their survival is of importance to us.
Chetana is a marine biologist and worked with Dive India in the Andamans for many years and is a Dive Master, Naturalist and in charge of education, outreach. Chetana began diving in the Andaman Islands to study coral reefs after the 2010 mass bleaching episode and ended up staying on for nearly 8 years. Her primary goal has been to educate and excite people about the magic of the ocean. She is certain that a connect and sense of responsibility will naturally follow. More about Chetana and the Initiative she runs with her partner here – https://www.spidersandthesea.com/