The day started out with a wonderful trip down to the beach to see the sunrise. Tia, Kim, Sienna, and I took some beautiful pictures. I am in awe of the beauty of this place. There is just natural beauty everywhere you look. I am so blessed to be here broadening my research abilities and soaking in this ecosystem.
Today we had another great time on the outer reef. I have gotten pretty decent at free diving. It is so fun to dive down into the channels made by corals and check out the things hanging out there. One time I dove down and there were just three groupers chilling out down there. I got pretty close and continued to swim through the channel. When I came out, the most beautiful array of yellow and blue fish were before me. It was breath taking. When I decided it was time to come back up, I realized how far down I had gone. Once you get past a certain depth you don’t really notice how far down you are – that is until you need air. I was considerably more comfortable in the water today than yesterday.
The next major part of my day was data collection. Things are going much more smoothly now that we have the all of the gear out there ready for set up.
On the swim back, we saw a gigantic cone shell. It was about the size of a football. They are extremely venomous and it was awesome! Don’t worry mom, we kept our distance. 😉
Well this has been a great day. There has been some challenges with getting enough storage to transport all of the videos home for analysis, but we will figure it out. Here is a big shout out to Colt for being so great at solving problems. Ed and Trisha really are just phenomenal instructors and their experience is invaluable in knowing how to make things work. I am blessed to get to work with all of them. Life is good and I am lucky to be here!