When you buy this experience online for $50, a piece of living baby coral will be transplanted to the installation. In honor of your support, we will send you a postcard of that coral with your name (or the name of the person you are gifting this to). Coral transplants happen according to the dive schedule, so, right away we’ll send you (or your friend) Kcymaerxthaere’s Please Don’t Connect the Dots Activity Book ($10 extra shipping fee for outside the U.S.) This will fund the Kcymaerxthaere work wrapping up our current efforts and monitoring them for a year, but just as important, get us prepared for Phase 2.
You’ll be helping heal an area off the shore of Les Village in Northern Bali that was previously destroyed by potassium cyanide fishing. And you’ll also be helping create part of Kcymaerxthaere’s newest and richest underwater site: The Life of Bala Qhova, honoring the first person to domesticate the water mole.
Upon completion, the installation will be both a much needed artificial reef for the sea life, and a remarkable chapter in Kcymaerxthaere’s story. Phase 1 is now close to complete and Phase 2 will be installed in about a year—Phase 2 is 7 smaller stacks that tell the rest of the story.
Because the marine environment is wild and rugged, there are no guarantees about the future of your coral or even the site. However, our hope is that eventually the structure will be consumed by the coral and sea creatures will live wonderful lives—but don’t worry: you’ll probably have more than a few years to visit your baby coral before that happens.
In the top picture, a coral transplant is in the hands of Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large, as he and Pak Eka, head of the local fisherman’s association, jointly place the first baby corals on the site. (Also notice the unique Kcymaerxthaere substrate in the shape of the Nyelvate word for “Strands of Thought”—you can see them closer in the second shot from the top. Image 3: Installation under way on Phase 1. Image 4: Baby coral having been transplanted.)