Bravo 1 Trip Update Day 13 – Luke, Mate
This morning we all got to sleep in until 8:30 a.m., which was glorious and a much needed rest! On Vivaldi it was Laura’s birthday, so staff members Sara and Marwan woke up the crew with balloons, a cookie, and a rendition of “Happy Birthday”! We had a leisurely morning eating breakfast, cleaning the boat, and enjoying each others’ company before dropping the mooring ball and leaving Trellis Bay for Marina Cay. Even though you can see Marina Cay just a few minutes motor from Trellis Bay, we decided to take the scenic route with a circumnavigation of Great Camanoe and Scrub Island. We navigated the narrow cut between Little and Great Camanoe, then raised our sails and had a fantastic sail out and around the islands in a stiff breeze. The chance to get some good sailing in was enjoyed by all. Once on the ball at Marina Cay, it was time for lunch and some downtime before heading ashore for a snorkel.
Today’s snorkel was a Reef Check snorkel. Groups of students were assigned data collection sheets and special coral color cards. The idea is to identify the darkest and lightest colors of coral in an area, as darker color means healthier coral, while lighter color indicates that the coral has undergone a bleaching event. Prior to the snorkel, Sondra gave a lesson on coral bleaching, which is caused by the expulsion of symbiotic zooxanthellae when coral is stressed. The group had a very successful data collection, with the information they gathered to be returned to the BVI government to help make future decisions on reef protection.