Man!!! More fun times in the sun today with boating to the outer reef and diving and snorkeling! I took it a little easier to save my toes and energy for later in the day. I thought my toes would make it the whole trip without a blister, but I was wrong...goes without saying if I did this a lot, I would for sure make an investment on good equipment. Today I felt like what we saw on the outer reef was different to what we say yesterday even! We still saw so much coral activity; down to our squid, turtles, sharks, and even some crown of thrones stars...the reef is truly fascinating to experience. Every time we dive, Im still just blown away by everything around me that is happening. The massive coral structures are what get me...how long did it take to get there!?!?!?! I love this.
I also have had a blast with the group of people that are here, we've all seemed to just click with our personalities and it is nice that we can just grab someone and go anywhere. We ended up taking a walk around the beach and found a random broom that floated up to shore...it was funny to just think of all the possibilities of how that thing got there, but also sad because we discussed things in lecture today that can affect the reefs, which happens to be pollution...Just random thought, but we did have fun lugging that thing around with us...(Pictured below is Dylan with the broom and Hannah being Hannah)
It sucks, our time here is definitely flown by with all the planning and studying for this trip, and now we are already to the part of the course where we are doing our final research project! This is crazy...I knew it would come, and coming up with the idea of a research paper and presenting it makes it all the more scarier for me. I freak myself out with saying I'm not smart like the other kids, and I'm definitely not brainy by any means, but if anything I feel like this has been a way to motivate me to think outside the box, and reach out for help and ask questions if I don't know...which is a lot...hopefully Kim and myself can get some good solid material to work with. Im starting to feel like a very green science student on asking the questions, and doing the actual research now, but I know Im far from that, but it is fun putting it into perspective. I love doing stuff like this, and I love feeling like im solving a puzzle, even though I suck at them...Cheers
G'day Mates! My name is Tia Jeppesen. I would love to introduce myself about who I am; where I am from, and also blog about this once in a lifetime experience in the beautiful country of Australia.