Today we were fortunate enough to go out on the boat again and work with some awesome free-divers. We covered a lot of water, down, back up, and out. We saw manta's, shark, turtles, octopus, groupers, and where able to view underwater cleaning stations for the mega fauna. Honestly, I work up sick and not wanting to leave my bunk. Getting out into the Ocean really helped clear out my sinus's. It was a long snorkel with many free dives but the activity gave me the recharge I needed to get through the day. The second we got back, Audrey, Ed, Trisha, and anyone else who was up for it had to race across the island to the research area to set up our ongoing experiment. That 200 meter swim to our research site in the lagoon is really a good workout. I was surprised at how much this extra time in the water is helping my back by strengthening my core. After we got set up, Ed gave me a crash course in snorkeling in low tide trying not to crash! He helped me learn to navigate and move in close quarters without damaging the reefs or myself. The best part was learning to move methodically to not scare away all the fish that you want to see. I was able to get up close and personal with many little buddies, most of which i'm still trying to learn to identify. I was really glad Ed and Trisha have taken safety so seriously from the moment the trip started. First, they have the experience and knowledge to encounter all sorts of marine species without getting hurt, and equally important they have taught us how to watch out for ourselves, along with each other. If they had not taken the time to get us up to speed I most likely would have died 5 meters from the beach when I encountered what I am now calling MegalaConus. As I snorkeled in as far as I could go without beaching myself I remembered to "Look all around you before putting your hands or feet on the ocean floor to make sure you do not touch or startle any wildlife. I was looking down, all clear, I looked left, just as clear, then I looked right and may or may not have pissed myself. 2 feet away, right where I was going to place my right hand was the single largest Cone Shell I have ever seen (Including pictures). It was approximately the length of my forearm, and much wider. Conus species come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, but one common theme is that they poses highly lethal neurotoxins that can kill you in minutes. The are relatively slow moving, except for their proboscis, that contains the equivalent of natures hypodermic needle. If i had placed my hand down as intended with out the safety check it would have easily, and justifiably defended itself ensuring my demise. THANK YOU ED, THANK YOU TRISHA! You are not only taking care of us, but teaching us how to watch out for ourselves. So, instead of putting Audrey through the trauma of watching me thrash about on the beach until I no longer was able to ever thrash again. I recognized the danger, and gave it some distance while I took care of my gear and called her over to share this amazing siting. We stayed there for a while awestruck as it hunted all the little hidy holes and debated exactly what it might me. Later we where able to identify with footage that it was indeed a massive cone shell, and I couldn't be more grateful for the experience!