Toblar biodiversity (jacilynn's pov)

My group found less than 30 different types of species in our one hour biodiversity video. The most common types of fish we found were the brushtail tang, lined bristletooth, and blue damsel fishes. Compared to all the fishes we recorded, the porcupinefish had to be my favorite. Our camera was located at the edge of the drop-off at Emon Beach. There were many small fishes within the coral head like many different types of wrasses and surgeonfish, and around the coral head you would find the bigger fish like job fish, soldierfish, porcupinefish, red snapper, rabbitfish, bleeker parrotfish, and emperor fish.

I enjoyed this project. I had the chance to learn the names of a lot of different fish. I didn’t believe we would find that many marine life in that small span of time in a small area. The porcupinefish surprised me. I never knew that we had this type of fish in the Marshall Islands. I’ve never seen anything like it on Ebeye. The corals looked alive which is different from what I’m used to. The only coral that I’ve seen on Ebeye is the dead kind. It is nice to know that not all of the Marshall Islands are losing its beauty, and that there is some hope after all.

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