Today was not another day of sun.
It was a pretty good day, though. We all had a pretty late start today (8:30, wow). We had an awesome lecture on megafauna, which includes large marine animals like sharks, turtles, whales, etc. After lecture and lunch, Holly and Riley and I headed out to Shark Bay to begin data collection for our research project.
We've decided to test whether sharp-nosed sandperches or long-finned gobies are more likely to live near a patch of coral. Both of those fish are little sand dwellers, so we're thinking there could possibly be some burrow competition going on there. I'll keep you guys updated, even though I'm fairly certain you don't really care all that much. We are collecting data by basically finding a burrow with a fish in it, identifying the fish, and measuring it's distance to the nearest coral patch. Once we've got what we deem to be "enough" data (an amount yet to be determined), we'll analyze the distances and see if any significant differences exist.
We collected data at high tide, which would be ideal on a beautiful, sunny day. Unfortunately, today has been darn windy. We were really struggling to stay in the correct places on the reef, so we gave up after about three burrows. The really unfortunate realization that we later had is that the weather tomorrow is supposed to be even worse. It's the only day we really have to collect data though, so we'll make it work! It's just possible that the three of us will have rock-solid calves by the end of the day from swimming so hard.
This evening was really relaxed. I taught a bunch of the other peeps to play a card game called Wuge, which is fantastic. It's essentially just cutthroat Uno. We stayed up pretty late (honestly, it was only until just 9:00 p.m., but we're all pretty pooped) playing card games and laughing until I almost peed my pants. I'll definitely miss these guys when we go our separate ways.
I also bought a pretty dope Heron Island Research Station cap today. It's definitely a winner.
That's about all that happened today! Here are some pictures of the sunset from the jetty tonight: