Sierra 2 Trip Update Day 6 – Graham, Program Director
Today was the second day that Sierra was not with the Foxtrot or Tango programs. We awoke in White Bay to the sun cresting over the ridge. Today was a Challenge Morning, where students woke up and prepared breakfast completely on their own. By the time 7:30 a.m. rolled around, breakfast was out on the table on both Berlin and Geneve. After breakfast, we all headed to Geneve to learn about seagrass. Seagrass beds perform many valuable functions in the underwater world: the are sediment stabilizers, primary producers, and provide a habitat for baby fish. After the lesson, we broke into three groups started our snorkel! Armed with our quadrants and transects, we examined the two ends of the beach and the middle, measuring the quantities and volume of grasses at different distances from shore. When we all got back, we tallied the information and Alex drew up a graph in order to show the trends in the data.
When we headed back to boats, it was already 11:30 p.m. and time for some lunch! By noon we were all working hard on the geek pitas that our cooks for the day were responsible for preparing. After lunch was all cleaned, raised the anchor and headed off to Village Cay. Olivia docked Geneve extremely well, especially considering the windy conditions, and Ryan docked right after with Berlin. When both boats were docked Graham gave us a DOGI (dissemination of general information) and we headed into town to check out some of the shops. An hour later, everyone was back on the docks prepping our meatball sub sandwiches. After dinner was all clean, we had ice cream on the dock – yum! – and then went to bed.