I thought waking up at five in the morning would be difficult, but because my body is still on Utah time, I was awake at two in the morning and ready to go. The birds on the island never completely shut up, but they do get quieter at night, making sleeping much easier. The golden silk orb weaver spider outside of our room, Peter, hasn't moved since yesterday, which is a comforting thought as the idea of a spider that large inside the dorm makes me uncomfortable.
The group of us went for a morning snorkel under the jetty, making our way to the shipwreck. The entire bottom of the harbor was completely covered in cow-headed stingrays. It was amazing but also terrifying to see them so close up, especially when they would decide to come up and swim past you.
Then there was breakfast. I don't think I mentioned him before, but on the island we have a cook named Pat who is amazing. The only thing I look forward to as much as seeing the reef is Pat's meals. Every meal is different, and every meal is good. He also serves morning and afternoon tea, which is new but definitely enjoyable. The seagulls love his cooking too and have managed to steal from one girl already. One seagull distracted her while the other pulled a muffin from her hand.
On a walk with a few of the other students we found Shark Beach, which is exactly what it sounds like. The stingrays and sharks congregate in the shallow water. Along with the countless stingrays we saw well over 20 guitar sharks, of various sizes, and a few small black tip sharks. I wish I had pictures but I don't have a GoPro. Luckily tomorrow I can borrow one from the class, and I can post pictures then.