Today was pretty chill. I slept in late (7:00!), and we all ate breakfast together. It was divine as usual. After brekkie, we spent a couple of hours studying together for our marine species identification test. The test went pretty well! Weeks of studying finally paid off, and now we don't have to worry about it anymore.
After the exam, we took another trip to the outer reef (aka the drop-off). It was just a quick boat ride out, and then we swam along the edge of the reef. The current was going against us for the first half of the swim, so we were all exhausted. I didn't feel like I was gaining any ground, and my legs and feet starting cramping up. Luckily we eventually made it out of the strongest part of the current, and it was pretty much smooth sailing from there. I even attempted to dive down a couple of times....mostly unsuccessfully. I saw a couple of turtles hanging out together, and a crown of thorns as well. Mostly there were millions of fish. We swam through multiple gigantic school of them, and it was breathtaking.
The rest of the day was pretty relaxed. A few of us watched the sunset from the dock (stunning as always). We saw a massive sting ray and a decently sized black tip reef shark from our high vantage point. After that, we celebrated Susie's birthday! Pat, the chef, made her a birthday cake, and Bean brought decorations and a card and things. It was fun. Afterwards we watched a movie in the lab room on the projector. Every movie option fell through, so we ended up watching a DVD from the library's tiny collection called The Island. As a professional amateur movie critic, I'd rate it 4.5 out of 10. It was fun though.
I'm up about an hour later than usual, so I'll probably regret this tomorrow during our early morning activities. I guess we'll see! Here are some mediocre pictures I took today:
Bean actually took this one^. I feel pretty cool. This is probably the only time I made it under water though (insert crying laugh emoji here).
I'm the derp in the back left here^.
Okay so I actually only took two of the photos. The idea is the same though.
P.S. to my family, I love you guys! Sorry I'm missing all of your birthdays!