We started out the day snorkeling at high tide with Coral Watch, using their nifty little
Coral Watch health card to determine the health of corals off of Shark Bay here on the island! Afterwards, we had loads of free time! I swam around and wandered the beach and I'm pretty sure I've got the beginnings of a sun burn. Oops..
Lunch was great as usual followed by a short study break, and then back out to the reef with Coral Watch for some low tide activities! During low tide, we went through a couple short exercises dealing with different ways to access/ track coral health. Plus, we got to just talk and hang out with some really smart and fun people and ask them all sorts of questions. The great part of Coral Watch is it's not like you have to be a scientist, or have a higher education, you just have to have the drive, and the want to be involved. It is really so simple and fun! And seeing/ meeting the people we did today gives me hope that we can all work together to preserve these coral reefs.
At sunset, most of us went out near the jetty and as I waded into the water to give Colt a GoPro during his snorkel with Ed, Dylan and Saul, I decided the water felt too great to not get it and made a split decision to go on a swim with them! The sunsets here are truly breathtaking, and even though I didn't have my snorkel or fins, just swimming in the warm water, watching the sky turn from pink to orange to purple was amazing.
I spent some time walking the beach, thinking to myself and then headed off to dinner. As of right now, I am exhausted, I wish I had a way to track just how much I was swimming today! And I still have to study for a Species Identification quiz we have tomorrow. Scientific names are no fun...
I am a Wildlife Science major with a minor in Philosophy at USU. I am passionate about studying and conserving our planet. I love to travel and explore and meet new people. My hobbies include hiking, doodling, yoga and doing my best to make the people around me smile!