Day 4: More Exploration

Hi all! Ashley and Marisa here. Today was our fourth day on Coconut Island and our second day out in Kaneohe Bay. We continued exploring the different reefs so we can start to develop our research questions. With our amazing boat Capitan Dr. Cynthia Hunter and our other crew members Andrew and Paige, we explored Sliver reef, Reef 31, Reef 20 and the fringe reef (FRA aka pyramid reef). The fringing reef was more sand than anything else, but it protects coral in the inner reefs.

Ready for the field.

Ready for the field.

 

We were packed and ready to go by 8:30 today! Once we were out of the boat harbor, Dr. Hunter handed us the wheel to the boat.

 I was instructed to drive the boat like I would car. I felt that it was a lot harder than that! It was probably because I was stressing myself out- Marisa

Captain Dr. Hunter

Captain Dr. Hunter

Right after we got off the boat at Reef 20 it started to pour! Lucky we had wetsuits on!

This is Page. She is the fun one.

This is Page. She is the fun one.

 

Andrew with his Michael Jackson glove.

Andrew with his Michael Jackson glove.

 

 

 

We started the day at Sliver reef and reef 31.

Picture 5

 

 

Some us were lucky enough to see a hammerhead shark.

Some us were lucky enough to see a hammerhead shark

 

Weʻll be studying coral calves like this for the rest of our time here. Fragments breaking off the side of the patch reefs may help them expand.

Coral caving.

Coral caving.

 

Before lunch at the sandbar, we snorkeled around Reef 20 and found some adorable collector urchins. Juvenile urchins are being placed on the patch reefs in Kaneohe Bay to stop the spread of invasive algae.

Collector urchin.

Collector urchin.

After a long day of snorkeling, Dr. Rodgers talked to us about all the methods we can collect data, it was interesting to hear what she had to say about all the different options to survey coral reefs. Some of the methods introduced to us are newer compared to the others due to the advancement of technology.

Now it’s time to cry into our laptops and do our boating safety school exam before we practice driving the boats more tomorrow!

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