The past day we were on a field trip to Candelaria, where we snorkeled an effective MPA (marine protected area), walked through a mangrove nursery, and stopped to visit a sea cucumber breeding center. The photos were taken at the sea cucumber center and I am holding almost full grown sea cucumber as well as red algae. The sea cucumbers take 8 months to grow from eggs to adults. They feed on dead algae and are exported for food in Asian markets. The red algae, I am holding is also sold as food and can be used for the production of various other products including toothpaste and cosmetic procedures. I collected several different species of sea cucumbers while snorkeling in the seagrass and coral reef habitats just off the shore where I am currently living. I used my samples for demonstration during our recent youth camp. More updates and another video coming!