Day 6: Snorkeling Around The BVI

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 am

Sierra woke up this morning to the sounds of Van Gogh’s motors. Laurie and Graham woke up at 6:30AM and started their journey while we tried to let the students rest. The reason for the early morning was because their next destination is a Virgin Gorda hotspot! Sierra was on their way to The Baths!  As the students began to wake up they were greeted by the amazing boulders that make the Baths so magnificent.

After breakfast, it was time to explore! We took our time as we hiked through the Baths stopping at every beautiful spot to collect photos.  Once our hike was finished, we jumped into the crystal clear water to snorkel back to our starting location. Our schedule was set for us to leave before lunch but everyone was having such a good time that we decide to hang around the area until after lunch so that we could enjoy the beautiful landscape!

Following lunch, Liz took the helm and sailed us to Monkey Point on Guana Island. Emily, Caroline, Nikola and Kristin were all active in securing the boat and before we knew it we were back in the water. Graham did a short lesson on how to collect data on coral health for a project called Coral Watch. This group asks for people around world to survey their reefs and report back on the health of their area. Sierra was more then happy to participate in this project.

After the snorkel, it was time for the students to decide on their research topic.  Laurie gave them about 30 minutes and then it was time for another lesson. This time the topic centered around cnidaria which includes animals like coral, jellyfish and sea anemones. Ginny was very excited because her favorite animal is a box jelly fish!

As the lesson finished, Franco took control of dinner and made a great dish of baked ziti. With our full bellies our evening was not over. Laurie and Graham prepped the students for a night snorkel. Many students were nervous but no one could top Nikola.  As we all jumped in the water we spotted a huge tarpon!  From there we found a furry sea cucumber, octopus, lobster, glassy eyed sweepers, rays and then to finish off the dive right, a nurse shark! After the nerves settled, everyone agreed that this was an amazing experience! Even Nikola!

 

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