THESIS TITLE:Species Composition, Abundance and Distribution of Seagrasses in the Intertidal Zone of Brgy. Cagbalete I, Mauban, Quezon
Day 1 - 24th, October 2011
Me and my thesis-mate arrived at Mauban port around 9 in the morning. We're equipped with all the stuff necessary to conduct our 3-day field sampling. Thrilled and excited, we're the first passengers to embark the outrigger boat scheduled to leave for Cagbalete by 10:00 am.
It was already 10:45 am and we're still at Mauban Port - delayed trip.
Everything seemed so familiar as we reached the clear turquoise beach of Sabang port of Cagbalete Island. The swimming kids, the fishermen and the location itself, everything was still the same.
By 11:45, we started the 30 minutes trek to the east coast of Cagbalete Island. Surprisingly, the trail changed a bit, the dry sandy trail of Summer turned muddy, slippery and filthy.
|muddy trail to Cagbalete|
|this kid guided us to Villa Celaofas, porter din sya|
We decided to stay at Villa Cleofas, and since we're on tight budget, we opted to take their Open Cottage (P1000/night). Semi-camping style at Villa Cleofas. First things first, our late lunch (sobrang gustom na ako sa mga oras na iyon). After the delata meal, we scouted the area for potential sampling stations. I'm truly amazed, seagrasses are everywhere.
|our house for the next 2 days|
I spotted 3 different species of seagrass on site right away (based on the field guide provided by Dr. Fortes of UPMSI). Around 5:30 pm, the sun was setting, we just stayed inside our cottage for the rest of the night.
|thriving seagrass meadow|
Day 2 - 25th, October 2011
I woke up early to watch the sunrise. Sunrise in Cagbalete is one of the bests I witnessed so far.
|Cagbalete Island Sunrise|
We were just right in time, the tide was beginning to draw back (around 8:30 am) just after our breakfast of delata meal (again). The wide stretch of seagrass meadow was revealed. It's truly a haven.
We laid our 100 meter calibrated rope (our transect line) over our first substrate type which is composed of corals and sand. Using a 50cm x 50cm quadrat, we began counting the seagrass species along the transect line.
|sand and coral substrate|
|Batang Lakwatsero is also a Biologist|
Here are the seagrasses I met on our 1st sampling station:
After 2 hours, we then moved to our second sampling station. Its substrate is composed of pure fine sand. We're half way through when the tide began to rise again.
|seagrasses on sandy substrate|
Day 3 - 26th, October 2011
We still have seven hours left in Cagbalete and we're not done yet with our sampling. We hurriedly conducted our field sampling on our 3rd substrate type which is a rocky substrate.
|seagrasses on rocky substrate|
|laying of transect line over the sandy substrate|
Here is the 5th species of seagrasses on site.
It's a success, we found 5 species of seagrass thriving on site. The area of study is considerably healthy, the seagrasses are growing with a number of other ecologically important species such us echinoderms and porifera. Many species of economically significant algae and crustaceans are also found on site.