Daww! Look at us representing! We are an awesome group, if I may say so myself! It has been fun getting to hear everyone's different ideas on their research projects here in the reef, and how we are going to accomplish them. Today I was able to learn about Audree's research project using lettuce and taking photos of the lettuce, all at the same length, and using camera's at 3 different to get different types of findings. The camera has technology to track if there has been anything that has been bitten off or altered in someway. It is very neat to hear about her project and to be able to help her out for once! It was really windy and choppy today on the reef, so it may things a little more difficult to get out to the spots and stay put. Not to mention being terrified as we headed back to shore and having a million sting rays all hanging out in shallow water!
Kim and myself then began to start on our research project about the abundance of clams in a certain area and what kind of substrate are they more associated with. It has been difficult to feel like I have a start on where to go with a research aspect, usually I dive in heads first and plot afterwards, but it has been a persoanal challenge for me to stop, think, question, AND THEN test. I will get there some day...poor Kim stuck with me for this project! We are doers...we just go with it and figure it out as we go along, so this has been fun and a learning experience...all at the same time. It was awesome though! Kim spotted our first "Lion Fish"of the trip!
Research was then followed by dinner and a night full of learning games from Camp...rock, paper, scissors, SLAP! It was like watching a car wreck...sounded so painful, but you end up laughing instead! We then ended our night with watching "Planet Earth--Freshwater" and I am really feeling sleepy today!
Cheers to the next day for our research project!
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.