I was able to take hold of a once in a lifetime opportunity. I say this because everyone told me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm a fairly boring person by nature. I think that fast food tastes just as good as a two hundred dollar meal. I get the same amount of enjoyment at beating a video game as climbing a mountain, etc. So when one of the professors at the college of natural resources at my school walked into the class and told us about this once in a lifetime opportunity to do research on Heron Island, I thought it was a cool thing I would never do. I mentioned it to my roommates. they nodded and said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. On one of the TV screens in the college foyer a video was playing of someone on Heron Island. They said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. The next time I visited my parents I mentioned this cool thing I would never do to them.
They said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Right now I'm standing on this island, taking hold of this once in a lifetime opportunity, and I can't quite believe I'm here to be honest.
Heron Island is a two hour ferry ride from Gladstone in Queensland. Like most of the islands in the great barrier reef, the island is surround by a massive shelf which contains a lagoon full of hundreds of species. On the ride in we(my university group) saw a spotted eagle ray gliding thought the water among the black sea cucumbers, which litter the sandy spots between corals. On this shipwreck we saw brown footed boobies sunning themselves. There are plenty of birds on the island to ensure there's never a moment of silence.
Later, after a fantastic sunset, we saw a ray jump from the water. No one is really sure why Ray's jump like that, but it was really cool. The ray was followed by a black-tip reef shark swimming under the jetty and several sea turtles chilling in the water.
It's only been less than a day. I'm excited to see what happens tomorrow.