Have there been any incidents during the diving process that you can share with us?
DB: It's very interesting because, obviously except during Covid, this is a major tourist destination and to be swimming along counting the reefs just off the Opera House and to look up and see maybe hundreds of faces looking back at you is a little bit unusual and unnerving for scientists.
GB: I usually scan their faces to make sure they're not freaking out.
DB: Another advantage of this whole study, apart from the science, is just the outreach. We've never been working in a place where there's such interest in the work and it's because of the Opera House and its stature and global interest. I think it's really brought people on board. Harbours have feelings too.
GB: I think truly people view harbours traditionally as places to dump rubbish and they don’t really think that there is life down there, it's actually quite an important habitat and you know maybe kids will be inspired to carry on.
DB: Well they will be because the Opera House has a linked program on education and there's been really good web facilities for teachers and I know one of our local teachers, a science teacher, has been using it for her class and that's again a potentially global element. And that's another really important part of the study.