Bioluminescent Sexual Courtship displays by Ostracod Crustaceans on the Anse Chastanet Reef
“Thousands of these remarkable crustaceans, called ostracods, tumble out of the reefs just as twilight fades to darkness and the males produce a galactic symphony of blue lights that burst out in precise patterns. Imagine that you are a sesame seed sized guy cruising around in the sea at night trying to not only locate, but also attract, a hot female. How do you do it? Well, one way is to somehow advertise your location with pulses of light! You do this by squirting out molecules that emit light when mixed in seawater. You make a squirt of light, then another, and another …and as more pulses are produced in a row, the earlier pulses slowly fade away yielding what looks like a moving string of tiny glowing pearls in the water. These displays are unique to each species of ostracod, and up to a dozen species can be seen to display in one reef system. This results in a "Dazzling Blue Symphony of Lights!"”
Note: Coral spawning dives are on August 14, 15 and 16, 2017
In August Witness Rare Coral Spawning at Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet’s Experts Accurately Predicted 2016 Coral Spawning to Take Place From 24th – 26th August
One of nature’s most spectacular and rare performances, only a handful of people worldwide see this phenomenon in their lifetime. Guests at Anse Chastanet, St Lucia, are lucky enough to witness this marvel annually as the natural wonder occurs right off the beaches of this characteristic resort.
Each year, Anse Chastanet’s scuba diving team, Scuba St Lucia, incredibly and accurately predicts the night spawning and prepares to take novice and experienced divers and snorkelers to observe the remarkable phenomenon which turns the seas yellow and pink with upwards moving “snowfall”.
Accompanied at night by Anse Chastanet’s skilled in-house scuba staff, divers and snorkelers will be able to witness the mesmerizing fertilization process of both coral and various other reef inhabitants.
What is coral spawning and why is this so rare?
First discovered in the 1980s at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, this annual mass reproduction phenomenon is now known to be critical to coral reef – and our own ecosystem’s - survival. Tropical coral reefs, although out of sight, are essential to our world-wide food chains.
Each year, coral release millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear as massive underwater clouds of white and pink upward moving “snowfall”. After they drift to the surface for fertilization, the sea will be partially covered by the slicks of coral larvae before they settle to the bottom destined to build the next generation of these vital ocean organisms.
While much of the coral spawning process remains a mystery, scientists from all over the world study these miraculous events, and now know that the ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells is a week or so after a full August moon. It happens an hour or two after sunset with the cover of darkness increasing the chances of larvae survival by overwhelming fish predators.
How is Anse Chastanet conserving and preserving this rare phenomenon?
This spawning phase of reproduction is now known to be a weak link to world-wide coral reef survival as it can only happen when conditions are just right; it is the phase most sensitive to human activity, non-point source pollution, and climate change.
As the world’s coral reefs are being decimated by the effects of global warming, this unique reproductive process takes on even further significance. Thankfully, Anse Chastanet has made a conscious effort for nearly 20 years to protect the reef from harm due to it exemplary and progressive sustainable designs and architecture; by minimizing impervious surfaces, keeping shorelines green and stable, and completely preventing runoff from entering the water – Anse Chastanet successfully preserves this wonder for future generations.
Watch Anse Chastanet’s coral spawning video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZQ1KerxYPg
Seven night dive packages at Anse Chastanet for August start at US $2,389 per person on a double occupancy basis where both guests are diving. Rate includes full-board, airport transfers, 12 beach or boat dives, dive equipment and non-motorized water sports. Marine park fee of US $17 is to be paid locally. See more at: www.scubastlucia.com
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from $375 per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. http://www.ansechastanet.com
About Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet sits quietly in an idyllic spot on St Lucia’s south western coast close to the awe inspiring Piton Mountains. The resort comprises of 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 which are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. Local woods and other local products are in integral part of the design of the rooms. Anse Chastanet is home to St Lucia’s only Vegetarian restaurant as well as fine-dining option The Treehouse Restaurant. A number of fantastic treatments are available at The Kai Belté Spa and activities including a large variety of watersports are all on offer too.
View some of last year's event below
ST. LUCIA UNVEILS SEALIFE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY LEARNING AND RENTAL CENTER
MOORESTOWN, New Jersey (January 11, 2016) - Scuba Saint Lucia at Anse Chastanet Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia has become a SeaLife Underwater Photography Teaching and Rental Center.
Nestled in the hillside next to the majestic twin Pitons lies one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and diverse diving resorts. Scuba Saint Lucia, a part of the Anse Chastanet resort, was established in 1981 and is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, offering comprehensive facilities for divers of all levels.
SeaLife recently released its new Micro 2.0 camera, the second generation of permanently sealed cameras that feature a new Sony 16mp CMOS sensor and other features that make underwater imaging easy and enjoyable with impressive high resolution results.
Scuba Saint Lucia offers rentals of the new cameras and all the user needs to do is book a dive and complete a brief orientation and safety check. The rental SeaLife Micro 2.0 camera features will be demonstrated by a staff member who will point out underwater imaging basics and offer assistance and imaging tips.
After the dive, the staff will assist in transferring the camera’s images and video to cloud-based storage. The diver will receive an emailed link to his or her images. The full range of SeaLife products are available for purchase at the Scuba Saint Lucia retail store next to the dive operation.
Scuba Saint Lucia operates with three dive boats: Miss Ina, Miss Bertha and Miss Ta Ta. The dive boats are all equipped with fresh drinking water, full safety equipment, first aid kits and a DAN Oxygen unit.
The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 10 yards beyond the water's edge. The reef's remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water.
Anse Chastanet’s reef, which is home to more than 150 different species of fish, makes for an amazing dive, day or night. Peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles can be seen in the shallow areas. A little deeper over dense coral growth, divers can see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters and even sea horses. This unique dive site is suitable for divers of all abilities and especially good for macro photography.
About SeaLife Cameras
SeaLife underwater cameras, lights and accessories are designed, engineered, made and distributed by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, N.J. SeaLife cameras were first introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife made the first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013, SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system with its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. SeaLife Cameras, Lighting and Flex-Connect Accessories are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world.
For more information on SeaLife, visit http://www.SeaLife-Cameras.com.
About Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Reflecting the environmental philosophy of its owner/architect, Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort is in harmony with its surroundings from its low-roofed architecture to the tropical hardwood furniture in its 49 rooms. Making the most of St. Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking, hiking, and bird watching to snorkeling on the reef within swimming distance of the beach, scuba diving in the surrounding marine reserve, relaxing in the tranquil Kai Belté Spa, or just swaying in a hammock by the sea.
2015: Coral Spawning
Scuba St. Lucia at the Anse Chastanet Resort has been observing Corals Spawning now for over 20 years and we certainly are looking forward to this interesting and spectacular event this year. Now’s the time to make plans for those who want to enjoy what is for most, a once in a lifetime event. In St. Lucia, coral spawning generally beings 7 days after the full moon in August. However, because there are two full moons in August this year, we are faced with a more challenging prediction but our experience over the years suggests that September 5 & 6 are the most likely dates.
The spawning starts around 9:30 pm with Brain Coral beginning the show. Once this is witnessed, witnessing divers and snorkelers know they’re in for a real treat because as soon as the Brain Coral spawns , the other hard corals will commence as well. Over the years we also have observed that on the following day (day 8 after the full moon) the Ruby Brittle Stars come out in big numbers around 6:30 pm to reproduce and, with a little luck, we will have some corals that missed the party the night before, spawn around 9:30 as well.
Watch Our Coral Spawning Video
2014: Coral Spawning at Saint Lucia's Anse Chastanet Resort – An Annual Spectacle
Each year for more than a decade, guest scuba divers at Saint Lucia's Anse Chastanet Resort have been treated to one of nature's most spectacular performances, coral spawning. The staff at Anse Chastanet's in-house scuba operation, Scuba St. Lucia, has become quite adept at predicting when the nights spawning will occur which allows enthusiastic underwater spectators to be ready and waiting for the event to commence. This year, our prognosticators suggest that this enjoyable natural phenomenon will take place between Aug 16 - 18.
Corals spawn by releasing millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear underwater as massive pink and white clouds that slowly drift to the surface where fertilization occurs. The next day the sea will be partially covered by pink slicks of coral larvae which represents the next generation of one of the ocean's most vital organisms. Within a few weeks the larvae will settle on the bottom and begin the process of reef building. Of course, this reproductive process takes on added significance at this time as the world's coral reefs are being decimated by the effects of global warming and other environmental factors.
While much of the coral spawning process remains a mystery to science, it is known that somehow each species of coral on a reef synchronizes the timing of its spawning, which takes place only once each year. The key controlling factors seem to be the water temperature, the lunar cycle, length of daylight hours and the tides. The development of the eggs and sperms are triggered by rising water temperatures during the summer leading to the spawning in late summer or early fall. The ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells seems to be a week or so after a full moon when tides and currents are diminishing which provides more hospitable conditions for the fertilization process. The process begins an hour or two after sunset providing the cover of darkness as well.
This mass spawning process increases the chances of survival for the larvae as most will be eaten by fish and other sea organisms; but the huge numbers overwhelm the predators insuring that many will live to propagate the species.
As always, Scuba St. Lucia is offering special night dives during the predicted period to allow guests to witness this magnificent spectacle. Diving is done on the Anse Chastanet reef, which is located just off the resort's beach. Snorkelers can also participate as well. Scuba St. Lucia also has available underwater cameras to capture the beauty and awe of this special event.
A weekly dive package at Anse Chastanet starts at US 2249 per person in double occupancy, including 7 nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives incl of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins (other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally) comp non motorized watersport
To book, call 1-800-223-1108 or visit Anse Chastanet Resort or Scuba St. Lucia.
Watch Our Coral Spawning Video
2014: Scuba St. Lucia receives PADI loyalty award
Scuba St. Lucia, the PADi 5 Star dive operation at the Anse Chastanet Resort in Soufriere, was presented a loyalty award by PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, marking its 30th anniversary of the dive centre's affiliation with PADI. The award was presented on Tuesday, April 10, by PADI's Regional Manager, Mike Hill, in a brief ceremony held at Sandals Regency in conjunction with a PADI Forum being conducted for all of St. Lucia's affiliated scuba diving operations.
Receiving the award for Scuba St. Lucia were manager, Bernd Rac, and assistant manager, Callistus Jackson. The award cites "For 30 Years of Outstanding Service Member Since 1982".
PADI is the world's largest scuba diving training organization which is affiliated with over 6,000 dive shops and resorts around the globe. Founded in 1966, PADI is recognized for setting industry standards for dive training for its modularized approached to teaching which combines theory with practical application.
Anse Chastanet owner Nick Troubetzkoy founded Scuba St. Lucia in 1981, recognizing the great potential of the diving tourism market for Saint Lucia and taking advantage of Anse Chastanet's location in the midst of numerous coral reefs which soon became recognized as offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the region. The resort's initiatives since the early 80's to attend international dive shows and advertise in scuba diving magazines abroad soon put Saint Lucia on the top as a must see destination for scuba divers. Also, these early marketing activities undertaken by Anse Chastanet and Scuba St.Lucia created the foundation for other dive operations to eventually emerge on island, making scuba diving a viable segment of Saint Lucia's tourism product.
Scuba St. Lucia, for many years, was the principle operation to provide training and professional certification to Saint Lucian nationals to become dive instructors and dive masters. Also, Scuba St. Lucia played a key role in the development of the Soufriere Marine Management Association (SMMA) which oversees the sustainable management of Saint Lucia's important marine resources along the island's southwest coast.
2013: St. Lucia's Underwater World at its very best: Coral Spawning at Anse Chastanet
Nature was right on time last weekend providing a series of spectacular coral spawning performances that were witnessed on the reefs at the Anse Chastanet Resort. Corals spawn by releasing millions of packets of egg and sperm cells that appear underwater as massive pink and white clouds that slowly drift to the surface where fertilization occurs.
Based on 15 years of experience at the resort witnessing coral spawning, it was predicted the main spawning events would occur on Saturday, August 20. While much of the coral spawning process remains a mystery, it is known that somehow each species of coral on a reef synchronizes the timing of its spawning, which takes place only once each year. The key controlling factors seem to be the water temperature, the moon's cycle, length of daylight hours and the tides. The development of the eggs and sperms are triggered by rising water temperatures during the summer leading to the spawning in late summer or early fall. Experience has determined the ideal time for the release of the reproductive cells seems to be a week or so after a full moon when tides and currents are diminishing providing more hospitable conditions for the fertilization process. Also, the process always begins an hour or two after sunset providing the cover of darkness as well.
Based on these predictions, divers at Anse
Chastanet were in the water ready to witness this unique spectacle.
Lit by dive lights, the event began at 7:30 p.m. when Boulder Brain
corals started releasing their reproductive cells. This was followed
at 9:00 p.m. when the Smooth Brain corals got into the act. Around
10:00 Boulder Star corals joined in. Lobster and shrimp larvae also
were on hand to add to the magnitude of the display.
The advantage of this mass spawning process is to increase the chances of survival for the larvae. During spawning most will be eaten by fish and other sea organisms, but the huge numbers overwhelm the predators insuring that many will live to propagate the species. Because of this, Anse Chastanet divers who witnessed the event were also treated to viewing schools of fish that appeared and resident crabs and lobsters that emerged from the reef to partake of this feeding frenzy.
Also joining in was a large Southern Stingray that was attracted by the crustaceans and a small school of squid which were after the wealth of available prey as well.
The fun wasn't quite over as on Sunday, divers again went in the water as from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., a group of Ruby Brittle Starfish showed up to spawn. It is known that this event always occurs a day after the coral spawning.
Each year Anse Chastanet publicizes the predicted date of the spawning to allow resort guests to make plans to be on hand for this enjoyable display. While divers at the resort witness the events on the Anse Chastanet Reef directly off the beach, it is assumed that the spawning events happened at the same time on other reefs around the island.
Watch Our Coral Spawning Video
FREE NITROX AT SCUBA ST. LUCIA
If you have not yet gotten certified in the use of Nitrox Enriched Air, Anse Chastanet Resort in Saint Lucia offers scuba divers free completion of the course and free Nitrox in conjunction with a one week stay at the resort until Dec 19, 2012. To be eligible, sign up for the PADI eLearning Nitrox Course and complete the academic portion at home in your leisure time. Just go to the dive centre's website and select 'Courses'; scroll down the page and you will find the PADI eLearning icon to click on. This will allow you to register and complete the academic requirements on line and the dive centre will be notified by PADI. The cost of the course is US$195. Then, when you arrive with us at the resort you will complete the practical portion of the course at no additional cost and get Nitrox free for all of your dives during your stay.
TThe resort special summer dive deal weekly package is available for US 1869 per certified diver in double occupancy.
The dive deal package includes: 7 nights run of house accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch , afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives incl of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins (other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally) comp non motorized watersports
A marine park fee of US 15 is to be paid locally. The package is available to certified divers. Please bring your c cards with you. As you are aware certain medical conditions prevent you from diving. If you have any concerns, please address them prior to travel with your diving physician or contact our scuba shop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lush, tropical ANSE CHASTANET is one of the Caribbean's most scenic resort hideaways. Nestled amidst a 600 acre estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, ANSE CHASTANET is in complete harmony with its natural surroundings and right in the heart of the island's marine reserves. The active will enjoy the resort's amazing range of adventure facilities.
Facilities include two restaurants & bars, the Kai Belté spa, mountain bike facility with 12 miles of trails, kayaking centre, 42 ft sailing yacht, boutiques, library and art gallery
The resort diving operation SCUBA ST.LUCIA caters to beginners and experienced divers alike Nitrox is available. Beach, boat, wall and wreck diving are all offered. The night dives right on the ANSE CHASTANET reef are a highlight for any diver. Look for THE THING !
To book, call 1-800-223-1108 or email the resort at email@example.com.
SCUBA ST.LUCIA BECOMES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIVE CENTER
Scuba St. Lucia, situated in the heart of St. Lucia's Marine Reserve at Anse Chastanet Resort, is proud to announce that their PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort has also recently become St. Lucia's only National Geographic Dive Centre. Scuba St. Lucia is the first dive centre in the Windward Islands to receive this prestigious and exclusive accreditation.
In 2004, PADI International and the National Geographic Society teamed up to bring the diving industry the most exciting and quality driven diving experience to date to only a limited number of diving centres around the globe. Dive courses within the National Geographic course curriculum offer great in depth training, education and exploration into the underwater realm.
Being the first and only PADI National Geographic dive centre in St. Lucia, SCUBA ST.LUCIA is recognized for providing the utmost quality and professionalism when it comes to diver education and experiences.
SCUBA ST. LUCIA
Scuba St. Lucia is proud to announce the introduction of the latest state-of-the- art Nitrox system! Scuba St.Lucia's Nitrox system is a Nuvair LP420 Membrane
System. This will be connected to the centre's K15 Bauer Compressor that is
filtered through a Bauer secure filtration system providing the highest quality Nitrox.
Scuba St.Lucia is happy to offer Nitrox filled
tanks to all divers who are already
certified in Nitrox. Those wishing to learn to dive with Nitrox can take advantage
of an introductory course by one of Scuba St.Lucia's experienced instructors
to learn about the great benefits of Nitrox and its usage.