We experienced our first downpour on the island today..which was kind of a bummer because the sun was never able to break through the clouds. Luckily, it didn't really affect anything we had planned. The winds were quite high, which created large waves and a strong surface current. Chase and I went out to the study sight around 1pm and snorkeled around. We didn't see any epaulette sharks during the first trip to the site. It was a bit of a struggle trying to swim in the ocean with the wind picking up the current. I am sure we looked like fools trying to navigate around. The epaulette's probably enjoyed it even though we didn't see any of them.
We had a couple of hours of free time before we had planned to go back out to the study sight and I decided to go through some of the footage that we had taken during the snorkel. No epaulette sharks on video but lots of rays.
We went out to the study site at North Beach again at 4:30pm just as it was starting to pour. We weren't too sad because we knew we would get wet in the ocean. The wind had died down a bit which was great for us, however the current was still stronger than we like it. We stayed out longer this second time and saw more critters in the water. We tallied fifteen epaulette sharks. Chase got a good video of a guitar shark as we were out there, and we saw a few small black tip sharks and flying fish as well.
The weather is supposed to be just as bad if not worse tomorrow and pretty much every day until Saturday. Tomorrow we will finish up our data collection and then we will have Friday to get our presentation and paper together for Saturday.
I didn't take any of the pictures that are below today, but wanted to show you more pictures of the island.
A few basic things you should know about me: 1. I really like my Chacos, doggos, and fish friends. (not to eat them of course).