Last night on Heron. Tomorrow we leave. Many of my fellow students are going to continue on adventuring elsewhere in Australia, but I have to start the long journey home.
Presentation went reasonably well, and was followed by an "award" ceremony, wherin I was awarded the "most improved in the water" award (a toy dolphin who looks like he's aghast about something) for going from just barely swimming well enough to pass the swim test to braving the rough seas of the last couple days.
From there it was onto lunch and then out to the reef. We started out on the conservation side, which turned out fairly unremarkable, and then we moved on to the wreck. Choppy again, but this time we saw some nice marine life. An eagle ray shot past us on the way out, and while we were tooling around the wreck we ran into a gigantic grouper. On the way back we saw the eagle ray again, a couple turtles, and a white-tip reef shark. Finally! I've been hoping to run into a shark this whole trip, and I got a pretty nice view. It was six feet long or so, and quite slender. It did a lap of us before swimming off.
Now it's on to packing and cleaning. I'm currently extracting the footage form the GoPro I was issued. I must have 6 - 8 hours of footage, so it's going to take a while to distill it one I get home, but a lot of the trip's best moments are there (albeit shaky as all get out): our first octopus, Edd's shark freakout and elephant seal impression, the rays, the turtles, the sharks.