Biopapua / Eastern cape of New Ireland
15 October 2010
October 15, 2010
We identified on our maps two major rivers that finish their course on the north coast of New Ireland. We plan to work there for two days. We leave the Feni Islands to reach New Ireland.
Unfortunately, we soon discover that a strong current runs along the coast, and as a result our trawls are filled with rock and catch very few living organisms.
The few specimens that we find are strongly anchored to their substrate, such as this soft coral embedded in a sponge, itself secured to a rock. This holothurian is another example. It lives attached to rocks and feeds on particles suspended in seawater. It belongs to the family Psolidae, which does not include the edible species known as sea cucumbers.
We pass the cape of the island, hoping to find areas with weaker currents and more interesting bottom, but this does not help... This day is disappointing and we decide to revise our schedule, and head for New Britain.
Such days are inevitable when exploring unfamiliar places... We take comfort in enjoying delicious dishes prepared by chef Nicolas.