uWhat a wonderful day this has been! My favorite part was going to the outer reef. The outer reef is what I imagined reefs to be like before this trip. Heron reef has three distinctly different areas – the lagoon, the reef crest, and the outer reef. In the lagoon, the water is more shallow and the coral are subject to large temperature changes. This means that the hardy coral live here. This is also true on the reef crest as this is where the waves break as the water become shallow. The outer reef has deeper water with larger fish and more vibrant corals. It was incredible to explore this area! Saul and I were buddies and we had a great time swimming around. Since this area was deep, you had to equalize pressure in your ears, which was the most painful part. My favorite part was diving and going right down by the coral. My favorite sightings were the grouper, the nudibranch (sea slug), the white tip reef shark, and the green sea turtles. I saw the sea turtles on the swim back to the boat. It was in the open water. I dove down to swim by them and they didn’t swim away, so I swam by them for a minute. It was one of the most magical moments! That was my tender mercy from the day.
I have a confession. I have a fear of open water. It is really unnerving because all you can see is blue. I have grown up as a competitive swimmer and have always had the comfort of seeing the bottom of the pool. I feel like I got over that fear a little bit today while swimming next to the sea turtles. I have decided I want to get a scuba certification because fear of open water has been what is holding me back. I am so excited to go to the outer reef again tomorrow!
I feel like I have been growing so much during this course.