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 day of fieldwork and Team “Banana Sting” started their last data collection trip with Dr. Rogers.
The other two groups (team Fred’s Bikini Babes and PINTO), stayed and started tackling data analysis.
Most people imagine a marine biologist as spending most of the time in the beautiful ocean, but that is not all true! Before being everything, we are “scientist” and scientist cannot run away from massive amounts of data analysis! Tons of data was collected and ready to be analyzed, we didn’t realize that such a short amount of fieldwork gives us so much data!
Everyone was overwhelmed with the amount of data, but coffee and good food gave us the power to keep going
Dr. Hunter, Dr. Rogers and Yuko Stender have been helping with all of our experiments, and today they helped us and gave us advice all day long! With their help we all were sort of getting a firm grip on analysis and learning what is science is all about. It looked tedious and challenging but figuring out what we have collected was actually fun and interesting!
In the evening, we had a great time finding a Spotted Eagle Ray near the shark pen.
The highlight of the day! Coral initiate spawning started tonight at 8:45 pm. It occurs during the New Moon, and lasts 1-3 day. We were very lucky that we could watch coral spawning! Truthfully, I did not believe it, but surprisingly they were exactly on time and started promptly at 8:45pm and 30 second! It was beautiful and amazing. We are really appreciative of the Gate Lab team for letting us visit their projects.
What a great day! There is still a long way to go finishing data analysis, but it is fun and we are really enjoying!
Mahalo and have a great night everyone!