The reef — the largest section spans 20m — was installed two weeks ago and experts estimate that it will start hosting marine life in roughly a month. Siddharth is an avid diver and this has helped him see first-hand how the coral reefs have been bleached due to rise in the global ocean temperatures. Bleached coral also stops hosting marine life, and erodes shorelines, adding to more ecological problems. Seeing dead coral on the sea floor is disgusting and heartbreaking.
Mumbai teen creates 3D-printed coral reef in Pondicherry
Teen SCUBA Community Service Trip and Marine Conservation Program in Florida | Road Less Traveled
Coral reefs are our first line of defense, and when degraded, we put ourselves at much greater risk. Make valuable connections with scientists and environmental professionals, while having the adventure of a lifetime. This trip showed me just how important it is to take risks and experience what I am passionate about, because seeing the world and making the most of what it has to offer with people who have the same desire gave me what a million words and pictures could never do. Putting our passion for marine biology to work, we aid in underwater fish identification and lionfish eradication, visit a sea turtle hospital, help with turtle conservation efforts, volunteer at a bird sanctuary and support efforts to restore these animals to their habitat. We explore the Everglades and surrounding waters by sea kayak and snorkel the fauna-rich waters.
India’s First 3D Printed Modular Artificial Reef in Pondicherry, Courtesy of a Mumbai Teen
While experts and citizens worldwide are striving to protect marine biodiversity, a youngster here has been designing a unique underwater ecosystem off the coast of Puducherry. Seventeen-year-old Siddharth Pillai is the first Indian to create a 3D-printed artificial reef model that has become home to many aquatic species. Copyright , Daily Thanthi. Powered by Vishwak. Share Tweet Comments.
The reef — the largest section spans 20m — was installed two weeks ago and experts estimate that it will start hosting marine life in roughly a month. Pillai, an avid diver, has seen first-hand how rising ocean temperatures have bleached coral outcrops. Bleached coral also stops hosting marine life, and erodes shorelines, compounding ecological problems. Pillai was looking for a way to rebuild reefs when his father suggested 3D printing.