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Aloha, this is Kelsey Cawdrey(officially 22 today :P) and Jessica Fett reporting from our “breakfast kitchen”. We are two of the marine bio elite scientists on the Biol 403 2016 field expedition. Our morning began with boat education from Dr. Hunter, Fred, and Becca at 8:15 am. We learned about the safety procedures and equipment on three of the boats we will be using the rest of the course: The Abbott, The Hinalea, and whaler #4.
We went aboard around 9 and headed to patch reef 43 for primary explorations.
- Getting ready to jump in.
We saw many species of coral, fish, urchins, feather duster worms, some turtles, a manta ray, and even had 5 sting encounters with some jellies!
- Fungia Scutaria
- P. compressa and Sabellastrate spectabillis
- A familiar form in the water
After about an hour of observing we had some lunch, followed by a quick and cold rainfall.
- Lunch Delivery
Captain Fred, relaxing.
We then moved across the channel to patch reef 44, the most ‘impacted’ reef (although coral was still plentiful and beautiful!). After another hour of snorkeling and checking it out, everyone was a bit cold, tired and ready for warm showers, a quick debrief of the day, and then some rest.
Now, we are all reading papers, doing boat safety tests, and anxiously awaiting some delicious vegetarian teriyaki stir fry! Afterwords we will all be ready for some much needed rest for exploration of the south bay tomorrow!