Archive for June, 2016


Calving abundance, boat scrubbing and a bittersweet finale

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“There is an end to everything, to good things as well” (Chaucer, 1374). The morning air was filled with the scent of bacon as everyone awoke from their slumber. Cindy was busy behind the stove top cooking up the three packets of bacon that were still in the fridge. Scrambled eggs, potatoes and tofu scramble […]

Revision #362

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Revision #362! Well not really… more like revision #15 but after the last three days of nonstop data analysis and paper writing it could quite possibly be #362. Our morning started with the daily intake of at least a gallon of coffee and whatever else is left in our fridge to eat at this point. […]

Hello Muddah! Hello Faddah!

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Here we are on the last Wednesday at Camp Coconut! This morning started off a bit earlier than normal with a wonderful guitar performance from Andrew over breakfast as we all prepared to go out at 8am to meet a group from the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) to place juvenile urchins out on the […]

There are three kind of lies:

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. The day started out great for our little band of researchers as they ventured out to feed sharks, both the adults and babies. However, as soon as that fun was over, it was time to kick it into high gear with some good old […]

Data, Data, Data!!

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Aloha, friends and families! This is Justin Han reporting on the last data collection day. First, I apologize for missing the barbeque party held yesterday, but we really appreciate your visit! Everyone seems to be full of energy because of seeing their lovely families (thanks to friend and families who came!) This was the last […]

Coconut Log: June 4, 2016

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Coconut Log: June 4, 2016 Today was another beautiful day, blue skies, sunshine, and water as smooth as glass. Team Banana Sting (Marisa, Paige, Andrew, and Ashley) seized the day at 7:00 a.m. with a morning SUP session around Coconut Island, and by god it was beautiful. By 9:00 a.m. all the boats were loaded […]

Taking it easy Friday!

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Hi all, Marisa here. With our third week coming to a close everybody has been running around wrapping up the last of the experiments and analyzing their data for their project. Fred’s Bikini Babes ( Kelsey, Sam, Kate, Nicole and Jessica) were hard at work doing statistical analysis and graphing their data. While the sediment […]

Three weeks, already!

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Whoa, three weeks have gone by already, and we only have one more week left here!!! Time has flew by so fast, and we are about to start scrambling and analyzing our data as our results are due in a couple days. Looking forward to pulling everything together and seeing what everyone has come up […]

Keep Friends Close, Anemones Closer

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Yes, I do realize that this joke is not strictly coral reef-related, nor does it really have any relevance to our experiences here on Coconut Island thus far, as we all seem to work together and play together fairly well, but it is hilarious nonetheless. I am also pretty sure we would all agree that […]

Mantis Shrimp Day.

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Greetings friends and family! Paige here to report on the daily lives of us 403 students. Today we all woke up to the welcoming sound of pouring rain. After the usual mass amounts of coffee made, we all maneuvered our way to the classroom trying to avoid the landmine of puddles. It was another field […]