Marine Life is the most exciting biosystem we have on our planet. Oceans comprise more than 70% of the entire surface of the earth, they are deeper than the highest mountain is high and they inherit more species than known from continents all together. Recently many scientist state that we know more about the moon than about the ocean life, especially the deep sea ecosystems.
For divers and snorkelers a small window opens into the ecosystems of marine life but it is difficult to see all the organisms in their ecological context and specific roles in the various ecosystems of marine life. Siquijor Island is one of the most exciting places for divers, snorkelers, philippine tourists and also for students and scientists. On a very small area there are recent and fossil reefs, shelves, beaches, mangroves, tidelands like the wadden sea, mud flat, sand flat und rock flat in which many different types of organisms live together.
One major goal of Oceanlife Explorers is to investigate the marine life communities in the reef, shelves, and tidelands and to demonstrate this exciting ecosystem management to the diving and snorkeling tourists. We will offer guided tours into the reefs, mangroves and tidelands and explore the marine life together with our customers and students.
In our Oceanlife Lab we start with theoretical introductions into marine life and the organization and structure of marine reefs. You will learn how reefs are formed, how old reefs are and how long corals, sponges can live, and long it takes until the grew up into the sizes and shapes we can observe during our diving trips. We will also offer you a microscopic view into the microscopic marine life. Have you ever seen some living plankton or all the tiny organisms living between the corals? Do you know that a coral is a symbiont of an animal and an algae? And have you ever seen how these algae are organized in the coral polyp?
Reefs are complex ecosystems and they comprise not only corals, sponges and some nice fish. There are hundreds of specimens living together in a complex and sensitive ecosystem. Marine life also offers inspiration for pharmacy and industry.
Cars have been designed in the shape of box fishes (although the design of the boxfish was highly misinterpreted), and sponges or octocorals produce substances which are very potent as orphan drugs. All in all, marine life provides a high amount of inspirations for our modern world, but it is much more important as a keystone in the worldwide ecological system than we commonly know.