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Ocular for Juvenile Giant ClamsJun 11, 2011

Subic: Ocular for Juvenile Giant Clams

Check-up Call
I wasn't too sure what Bianca lined up for the day - I was just tagging along back to Ocean Adventure. With her staff, there was talk of doing an ocular of the seeded juvenile giant clams just off the bay. It wasn't even their project although they helped out in carrying out the clam-seeding (if memory serves me right, it was a WWF project). Nonetheless, but they wanted to find out how the clams were faring.

Shallow Dive
With the slight drizzle and remaining daylight, a boat was prepared and we all got our gear for a shallow dive...about 10 feet. Bianca managed to lend me some house equipment - snorkel, mask and fins. Cool!

X Marks the Spot
The spot was within the bay area close to the mangrove forest. It took some looking around to find the right area. There were about 50 juvenile giant clams that were carefully placed on the bay bed some few months back. They wanted to find out if there are mortalities, if the clams are well anchored by now on the reef, or if some of them have drifted into the sandy section (which makes them un-anchored and vulnerable), etc.

Bill of Good Health
I saw a good many of them striving in good health - partially open and well-anchored; small ones, about the size of a medium plate.Two clams were found dead and thoroughly cleaned-out. The marine biologists on board speculated that it might have been a normal predatory attack by squids. Altogether, it was a bill of good health for the giant clams.

Ending Thoughts
We headed back to Ocean Adventure. They wrote up the report and planned to submit it to the concerned patties. It was a new and educational experience for me. Many thanks Bianca!

--- TheLoneRider

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