Group shot taken at Sharks Bay in Heron Island. From left to right - (top row) Riley, Susie, Edd, Rachel, Logan, Teal, Serafin, Carly, Bean and Chase (bottom row) Trisha, me, Holly and Josh.
Today we went on our first trip to the outer reef. We got loaded into a boat and rode around to the back of the island to visit an area called "Blue Pools". I was having some flashbacks in my mind as we journeyed to the outer reef of a snorkeling trip when I was younger where we were dropped in the middle of the ocean in super rough water which was a bit of an awful experience. This was all put to rest when we got into the water which was crystal clear and unbelievably calm. I have been trying to formulate words that are descriptive enough to tell you about what I saw today.
I hope you all have studied up on your Finding Nemo scenes and quotes. There are a few scenes in the movie that pan the open ocean. There is a dim sort of light that streams through the water which is exactly what is depicted in the movie. That is real life stuff. The further we snorkeled the more I found myself singing the "Let's Name the Zones" song that Mr. Ray sings as he is taking Nemo and classmates to school.
There were a lot of "firsts" today..I saw my first unicorn fish and spotted eagle ray (Mr. Ray in Finding Nemo) which moved through the water at a rapid pace that was unnerving for something its size. Seeing the ray in person was an incredible experience. It is crazy to think about being in the water at the same times as something so large and beautiful.
Snorkeling three times a day is rather tiring, there is a reason you have to pass a swim test in order to be officially accepted to this course. As busy as our schedule is, I walk around thinking to myself how I want everyone I care about to be able to see the same things that I am seeing each time we get into the water.
I am looking forward to the upcoming days where we have more free time to explore the island..I haven't been able to take many pictures yet.
Tomorrow we have our ID test after breakfast, and then after that we are planning to go on a celebratory outer reef trip. I am not sure where this one will be, but if all goes well the conditions should be just as lovely as they were today.
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).