Mantis Shrimp Day.

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 day, and all the groups had a lot of work to do. The boat ride out was great, we all were soaked before even getting into the water.

Team Banana Sting (Me, Marisa, Ashley, and Andrew) had to go out to 8 reefs today. We started at Reef 42 to put out clod cards to track wave action on the reef, then moved to reefs 38, 31, Sliver, and 28. By this point we were like a pit-crew, in and out of each reef in no time at all. Then in the afternoon we went to 2 other reefs to work. Sadly out crew was running a little slower after lunch, and we didn’t get to the last reef before heading in. The other team, consisting of Sarah, Anita, Justin, and Cindy, went out to the three new reefs (20, 2, and 1) to add sediment traps and calculate the slope. The last group, with Kelsey, Sam, Jess, Kate, and Nicole, went to the North Bay to take measurements on more coral calves.

Above the water.

Above the water.

Underwater.

Underwater.

We all met back in the classroom to get a lecture on statistics (yay!) to learn more about how to analyze the data we are collecting. Then there was a lecture from Chris, a PhD student, on global changes and its impacts on coral and coral reefs. He said that in about 80 years, most coral reefs will be gone! But corals are resilient, and are learning to adapt to the changing temperatures and acidity.

Andrew on the hunt for mantis shrimp.

Andrew on the hunt for mantis shrimp.

Once all the lectures were over, some groups worked on prepping gear for tomorrow, while the dinner crew got food ready. I have to say it was probably the best dinner yet, because it was Taco Tuesday! Kelsey and Jess did an amazing job frying tortillas and making all the fixings. Everyone walked away happy, full of Mexican food, and ready for a nap.

Delicious tacos=happy students.

Delicious tacos=happy students.

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