This morning began with a bright and early splash into the water for snorkeling induction. The first instruction was to hock a loogie into our snorkeling mask to prevent fogging. The most beautiful scene was the sun peaking over the island while snorkeling. It was amazing to see the marine life! I recognized many of the fish from my studying. I also saw green sea turtles, cow head stingray, and guitar sharks. A blue spine unicorn fish even swam next to me for a little bit. It was so magical!
We also did a benthic invertebrate lab. Dylan and I were partners and we had so much fun! We had to extract core samples from the sediment. To do so, we used a syringe which was enthusiastically driven, twisted, tramped, and stamped into the sediment. (Note: It is not advised to do this while wearing a wetsuit in shallow water. Let’s just say Dylan looked pretty silly trying to drive that think into the sand.)
While hanging out with Dylan to do the write up portion of the lab, we first tried to be productive in the hammocks, but that was just too comfortable. At one point, Trisha came up, and told us that there were baby turtles hatching! We ran through the sand and… didn’t see any baby turtles. They were all in the ocean when we got there, but we were on the same island as a bunch of baby sea turtles! That is close enough right?
It ended up being a great day in the greatest classroom on earth.