Sierra 2 Day 14 Trip Update – Emily Ecclestone, Student
We touched a turtle!! This morning we woke up to a bright and shiny morning, and to find that the staff of Foxtrot had caught a turtle. We all went aboard a Foxtrot catamaran to watch the staff tag, measure, and record the turtle’s data. This data will be used to track turtle migration and habitats. Both Sierra and Foxtrot fleets were crowded aboard the catamaran, so some students learnt about turtle anatomy while others took turns observing the turtle. It was so neat!
From Diamond Bay, we briefly stopped at Sandy Cay, the world’s most perfect island. This little island is complete with a perfect white sand beach, turquoise water, and palm trees. While on the island we went on a hike, raced hermit crabs, and made a human pyramid in the water.
Today was our longest sail. We went from Diamond Bay to Marina Cay, a total of 9 miles. We practiced man overboard drills with “Timmy” – the naughty, clumsy student/fender wearing an orange life jacket. Emily G was an excellent spotter, and Kellin was an excellent grabber of Timmy. Christian sailed the straightest course, and our staff made yummy snacks. All of the crew then worked on homework in preparation for their dives tomorrow!