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February 2014 "Biggest Idiot" Award goes to ...

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 20, 2014 09:00 AM
Eco-vandals who used chemicals to graffiti live coral at Kontiki Wall in Barangay Maribago, Philippines. The divers chemically burned their names on several large colonies of stony corals at the dive site.
February 2014 "Biggest Idiot" Award goes to ...


This week, divers spotted the name "Ritche" chemically etched into coral as well as multiple coral defacement written in hangul (Korean alphabet).  With multiple occurrences spanning two different foreign languages, it is possible that an irresponsible local dive operator may have promoted this reckless activity.

Marine management officials are working with resort and dive operators to educate them about the importance of protecting corals.  Hopefully the authorities will be able to identify the culprits who engraved their own names at the scene of the crime.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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