I woke up at 6:00 AM this morning to participate in our morning swim but apparently I was the only one that got up besides Ed, our professor, which was fine because we were able to get out to the reef quickly and head further out due to there not being too many people to account for. After breakfast we had a species ID quiz that we have been studying for for the past several weeks and that took until about lunchtime. My snorkeling experience has been greatly enhanced by the fact that I can now see different fish and marine animals in the water and can identify them within seconds. After lunch we had our second dive out to the outer reef which again was amazing and i was able to get several good videos with the lab gopros. We then came back and had a lecture on the history and diversity of fish in coral reefs. I opted out of the afternoon snorkel and instead went out to the dock to watch the animals and was fortunate enough to see huge black tip reef shark playing around in the jetty. Once the sun went down we had dinner and I again took a lap around the island to watch the stars and the many nocturnal animals that were in the lagoon. We've just been told that on tuesday those of us who are dive certified will be able to head out on a resort dive trip to the outer reef which i am super stoked about. Unfortunately I am not able to upload videos to the blog so here is a few pictures from today.
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