Creating marine ecosystems
Helped by the film of bacteria the larvae of plants and filter feeding animals floating in the plankton settle out and establish themselves on Sea Hive surfaces. These filter feeding organisms rapidly expand to create colonies of encrusting animals that themselves become food for predators like nudibranchs, starfish and cowries, which are in turn predated by other animals.
Soft and Hard Coral
In addition to providing surfaces for to establish new ecosystems, Sea Hives also provide shelter for juvenile invertebrates ( crabs, lobsters, octopus etc ) and fish.
Two types of Sea Hives have been designed, one open at each end and another with only one open end. Sea Hives that are open each end are placed on the sea bed to allow the prevailing water currents to flow through them, bringing food to animals that reach out into the water column like soft and hard corals.
Sea Hives with one closed end are ideal shelters for animals and fish that like to protect their ‘rear end’. They can swim out and capture their food before returning to their Sea Hive homes, to avoid being eaten themselves.
Sea Hives are designed to nest together, secured by stainless steel banding to create robust structures that are stable on the sea bed. These provide multiple habitats for marine life to occupy, and this is how Sea Hives maximise their benefit to the marine environment.
Sea Hives encourage the greatest diversity of marine life in the environment, which is exactly what Will and David want to achieve.