Living on a small island you start to notice the same animals living here as well. Hop and Flip (I have endearingly named) are two of the small ground birds that seem to always be around. Hop only has one leg but is still alive non the less, and Flip cant seem to take a step without his tail feathers shooting straight up and then back down. They are very curious birds who will always come up to you if you are sitting anywhere near the main research buildings. I will miss them when the time comes to leave. One thing that I will most definitely not miss will be the massive herd of cowhead stingrays we have to navigate through in shark bay. Every day we head out for our 200 meter bucket swim challenge and end up zig-zagging through 40ish of the megafuana. Whenever we go out in a group of more than 2 they seem to want to un-bed and start swirling about. They are very docile creatures but the potential for harm can be very unnerving. We started talking our research projects today and it was a load of fun working with others on what they are interested in studying. What really makes me laugh is how this back and forth dialogue can lead to some very off topic discussions. Trisha and I got into the grey wolf reintroduction program, we where both so convinced of our own knowledge we ended up breaking for a short time, pulling some papers, and then sharing what we found. I'm not sure how much education I passed to Trisha, but the process really opened my eyes to how you can vet research, researchers, journals, their impact, and most importantly the review process.