As my time at Heron Island is coming to a close, I am taking advantage of every moment to get in the lagoon. This is especially true because all we have scheduled these days is to work on our presentations and reports. We are getting a little stir crazy sitting inside.
At about 2:30 we went out for a swim on the conservation side of the island. Up to this point, I had only been to the research side. This was a real treat because I saw so many new things! One of my favorites was the clownfish. In one spot, there were two Barrier reef anemone fish in a leathery sea anemone. They were so cute swimming by each other. In another spot, there were some cinnamon clownfish in another anemone. Clown fish are weird! Did you know that the male will become a female if its partner dies? Newsflash! Nemo’s dad is really a girl! 😲 Man, ocean life is weird – but that is why I love it!
Once Colt and I swam back to shore, we were waiting for everyone else to get back. I decided to stick my head under and swim around by shore for a little bit. A whole school of parrotfish came up and started munching on the dead coral around. It was so cool because they let me get really close and I could hear their beaks scraping the rock. I am really glad these guys don’t eat meat because a munch from one of them would really hurt!
Eventually Trisha swam back and told us there was an octopus back by Ed. I sprinted straight off because I didn’t want to miss out on all of the fun. When I was about 100 meters away, I looked up and saw a black tip reef shark swimming away. Boy, that was an exciting moment because I hadn’t yet spotted one on my own! I chased after him for a little bit, but he was too fast for me. I thought it was ironic that I was chasing a shark. When I got to where the octopus was, he had stuffed himself into a hole and turned the stark white color of the sand. He really wanted to be left alone, so we left. I felt like I had a lot of really good luck on this swim with spotting wildlife.
The other highlight of my day was the beautiful sunset. Trisha told us about that as well. I really appreciate that she always makes a point of telling us when cool things are happening and is sure not to leave anyone out. I have been able to see a lot of cool things because of her.
Well folks, it’s been real telling you about all of the experiences from today. If you aren’t a little bit jealous, then I haven’t done my job. Stay curious, friends!