So much to say, so little time! Today was absolutely brilliant! Other than the studying for the test we had this afternoon and lecture, we spent the day snorkeling the outer reef. I thought the inner reef was amazing. I thought the lagoon was superb. I thought the jetty was breathtaking. They all paled in comparison to the spectacle which was the outer reef. The schools of fish were hyper-diverse. Iridescent flashes left and right all the time! Within the first couple of minutes my dive buddy Hanna stumbled upon a Moray Eel poking its dark brown head out of a coral crevasse. I knew at once this was going to be a wonderful snorkel trip! A few moments later Trisha pointed out a shark buried under a coral shelf. There were brain corals, plate corals, staghorn corals, and all sorts of blue and pink corals scattered around the reef. Damselfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, and a myriad of others swam freely among the reef. A closer look revealed cleaning stations where wrasse were removing parasites from other fish. We even found a sea slug cruising around a coral! Every turn showcased a different species. Every dive, a new discovery. The ocean had an infinite number of wonders within and she was willing to show off as much as she could.
We know so little about the ocean. There are so many unsolved mysteries, so much unique life. Most of the world is covered in water, it's about time we started protecting it. However we can't protect what we don't understand. Discoveries must be made! Scientists must be commissioned! It's not just about preserving beauty anymore, it's about creating a more habitable Earth. More and more scientists are discovering that every human action has long term effects, whether above or below water. We must be careful that our needs be met in a sustainable and waste-less way. Here is the haiku for the day:
The fish are diverse,
Coral takes a brighter hue,
Healthy, happy reef.
Hi there! I'm from a ski town just south of Salt Lake City called Cottonwood Heights. Being so close to the mountains all my life has enabled me to have a deep and meaningful connection with nature. Join me as I learn and experience all that the natural world has to offer!