Today was spent doing a few different things, mostly with my research group. It's really kind of weird how dispersed the students are as a group now compared to before. In the beginning of the class we were together all the darn time, but our individual research projects have made it drastically different for the last few days. Don't get me wrong, I'm still having the time of my life, but it's a new feeling. Luckily I can usually convince a big group of kids to play card games with me at night, so we still spend some quality time together. All of these kids are amazing, and I've had the opportunity to really get to know all of them because there aren't many of us and we work so closely together. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I started the day with a morning swim. It was really hard to roll out of bed this morning, and I almost didn't go. I'm glad that I did though, because we ended up having a really nice time. I saw my first puffer fish, and it was all puffed up!
After breakfast, my research group and I worked on our presentation and put the finishing touches on our lab report. Things are really starting to come together nicely, and I'm hoping that the presentation will go well tomorrow night. Fingers crossed!
Before lunch, Holly and I decided to explore the forested middle of the island. We took plastic bags with us and picked up garbage along the trails. We had a lot of success, which unfortunately means that a lot of people weren't very careful with their harmful waste. The ocean needs us, people! We reached a dead end in the forest and decided to walk along the beach for the last bit of the trek back to the station. It was a surprisingly nice day today, given the recent weather. We enjoyed soaking up the Australia sun while we still can.
After lunch I did an interview thing for Edd's promo video for this class. A bunch of us talked in front of the camera. I can't say that I'm sure it went very well for me, but that's okay. Who knows? Maybe I'll become Youtube famous.
We also went back out into the lagoon to help Aimee and les garcons with some videography stuff for Aimee's virtual field trip project. We basically took videos of a whole bunch of quadrats and corals. It was fun! And the results of her project are going to be awesome. She's putting together a really cool video slash beginner's science experiment based on coral reefs. It's aimed at elementary age kids and will be completely free for teachers, after-school programs, and anyone else who wants it. I think that's pretty darn cool.
Here's what just barely happened my friends, and I'm sure my dad will get a kick out of this: I was typing up this blog in the lab, and I guess I fell asleep. Edd came in and found me sleeping at 11:30 on my computer. I was kind of confused when I woke up, so I got up and went to bed (where I am now). Gotta finish the blog though. Blog or die.