Today we went out to the outer reef and it. was. AMAZING. The reef out there stays a pretty consistent temperature compared to the reefs closer to shore that are more affected by the tides, so there is a ton more diversity! I took like a thousand videos on one of the go pros that we use for research and took some good screenshots to show you guys.
I saw my first shark! It was just a little guy, a little black tip reef shark. He didn't bite me... so that's a bumer XD
I saw plenty of fish that were in Nemo and found myself humming some of the soundtrack as I swam. (Let's name the zones, the zones, the zones, let's name the zones, oh the zones of the sea! THEEERRRRRREEESSSSS)
Anyways, I saw some little squids and enjoyed petting some jellyfish (again, not harmful).
We were out there for about an hour and there was a bit of a current and we went rather far, so when we got back I was exhausted. So of course we jumped right into lecture, then a reef walk to judge it's health based on color, and then another sunset snorkel. On that dive I saw a giant sting ray that was as big as my wingspan and I swam above it for quite a while. Then we had a hearty dinner and went stargazing. You can see so many stars it's breathtaking. We identified the southern cross, Jupiter, Saturn, Sirius, and Canis Major.
Now I am completey knackered. I could close my eyes just sitting here and sleep until morning. There is an optional morning snorkel at 6:30 and I am definitely going to pass on that one! :) :) :)