Day 9: A Montipora Birthday

Today we went out and looked at Montipora dilatata, which looks like this

Today we went out and looked at Montipora dilatata, which looks like this

not like this

not like this

But sometimes like this

But sometimes like this

And none of these are what we want.

And none of these are what we want.

Because that’s not confusing at all. But we got to enjoy sights like these!

Because that’s not confusing at all. But we got to enjoy sights like these!

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The first stop was reef 46, where we made sure there wasn’t any M. dilatata on that reef so the Montipora group could see the differences between places with M. dilatata and those without. Next was off to reef 44 for taking the perimeter of the M. dilatata and some water samples for the Spatial group, as well as transects for the Montipora group.

We like to have fun when other groups are finishing collecting data, so here’s Ryan acting like a whale and a dolphin, and even some singing!

Finally we were off to reef 47 where we only took data for the Spatial group. The currents were much stronger here, and the Spatial group got very buffeted around because we were on the reef flat instead of the edge. Despite how tiring this was, it was fun!

Kai resting after a long day

Kai resting after a long day

Thanks to Ku’ulei we had a delicious cake for Erin’s 21st birthday!!!

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Thank you everyone for making my birthday great! It was really nice to be able to have a party on my birthday and have cake with you all. :D-Erin
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Aloha!
-Megan Bargerhuff and Erin Day

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2 Responses to “Day 9: A Montipora Birthday”

  1. Monika Says:

    Nicely done Erin!

  2. Ku'ulei Says:

    Love the videos. Ryan makes a great cetacean and frogfish. Happy Birthday Erin!

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