We did a lot of video analysis today. I mean, a lot… and we only got through two hours of footage. There were so many new fish to identify! It was so exciting to actually figure out a fish that was giving us a hard time! It was also really cool when stingrays went by in the picture. In one instance, a ray just flew over the camera and we could see the whole underside of it. That was a real treat.
After we did all of this work, we spoke with Ed and Trisha, and they suggested that we just analyze the bite marks on the herbivore assays rather than go through a bunch of footage for our class presentation. That was a real bummer because I love going through those videos.
After we found this out, Ed decided to go for a swim and Saul, Colt, and I decided to go with him. Even though I have so much to do, I have decided to just enjoy every moment on this island. I mean, when am I going to come back here again? I really hope that I am able to as a researcher one day, but that is a long way off. I have decided to stop letting my business control my life. If there is something out there to experience, grab on to it, because you never know when you will get the chance again. Savor the little things in life that make it enjoyable.
Ed got the crap scared out of him by a shark while we were out swimming. He dove down to check out a little hole and out comes a shark that barrels right toward his face and veers off to the right. Yeah, that one startled him quite a bit, but it made for a fantastic story. I am pretty sure Saul got his face on video afterward as well. That, I really want to see. 😉
It’s been a great day! I can’t believe we only have two more days here! Don’t forget, savor every moment!