Sunday, September 16, 2007

Exploring the coral reefs

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) provided a chance for students and the general public to have a chance to explore the wonders of Palau’s coral reefs. This as PICRC opened its doors for free aquarium tours for the whole week.

In celebration of its 6th anniversary, PICRC carries the theme “Importance of Coral Reefs” this year.
PICRC head of the Education Department and PR Carol O. Emaurois said more than 500 students and guests trooped to the PICRC in groups to take a close look at the miniature aquarium and coral reefs exhibits and display to have a better grasp and understanding of the island’s natural environment.

It was a wonderful experience for the students, a pleasant diversion from the daily routine of classroom lectures as they got a first hand information about the coral reefs. They were excited as they went hopping from the real-like exhibits and display of the miniature of the Palau Islands, topographical map, mangroves, the seagrass bed, the inner reef, the reef crest, marine Lake, camouflage, the Deep Drop-Off, the Palau Nautilus, the overhang, cave creatures, symbiosis, coral biology, coral cultivation, and saltwater crocodiles.
The guided tour also instilled in them a sense of responsibility for the protection and preservation of Palau's fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
The students are from the Mindzenty High School, Emmaus School, Maris Stella School, residents of Koror and foreigners, too. The visitor center is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and center conference facilities can be reserved for the special occasions - from birthday parties to club chapter meetings.
For more info, please call PICRC at 488-6950. RCB

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