Day 4: Chasing Coral Continues

Delaney with her mask and snorkel on the ride back

Delaney with her mask and snorkel on the ride back

Candice getting splashed by the water on the ride back

Candice getting splashed by the water on the ride back

Breakfast in the morning

Breakfast in the morning

Our group on the way out

Our group on the way out

Hi my name is Haley Chasin a Bio 403 student of 2017

Today was our first field day but without collecting data. Instead we analyzed the reefs for possible questions to answer about the site for later field work. In the morning we did more with GIS to learn about how to layer rasters which allows us to see the data visually on a map. Then we were had a brief safety briefing on how to go on the boats, and what each boat has and needs (four boats total). Then we were on our way. We arrived and saw the whole biodiversity of coral reefs but also the effects of coral bleaching. On our way back the boat I was on was not a part of the towing process, instead we went back, organized and cleaned our gear for the days to come. When we came back though the wind was in our face and the waves were coming on strong. Another girl on our team, Delaney, decided to wear a snorkel and mask to keep the water from coming onto her face, it was funny. The ride back was like being on an amusement park wet ride but the ride itself was smooth thanks to our driver Paige. We decided to go to the library to do our homework and ate an amazing meal of squash and spaghetti. All in all it was another great day with a little bit of excitement.

Hi, I’m Jazmin one of the BIO 403 students of 2017

Our course appears in the UH catalogue as Field Problems in Biology. Well, as we found out today during our field day, the class lives up to its title. It was a day for exploring! We planned to head to the north bay towards patch reefs 42 & 43. The ride there was beautiful, about 30 minutes, however we noticed the engine on one of the boats sounded a bit strained. We are biologist though and a bit of engine trouble was not going to deter us from an observation filled afternoon. We arrived at the reefs and had a blast observing rice, finger and lobe coral amongst others. I have never seen so many turtles in my life; many were hiding in pukas along the coral. As we started our boat to head towards our final reef destination the engine gurgled and kaboomed. Lucky for us we had reviewed emergency procedures before hoping on the boats so we used our most desperate hand waving to signal rescue to the other boat. The boat was there within seconds and Becca, our heroine, tied a sturdy knot that was able to tow us the whole way back. It took us an hour to return but we arrived unscathed with just a few missing shoes and a very expensive dead engine. Problems indeed!Turtle Boat

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One Response to “Day 4: Chasing Coral Continues”

  1. Tom Cooper Says:

    Mahalo for sharing! This is a fantastic way for our family to follow the amazing adventures of our daughter, Kanakike (Candice)!

    Aloha!

    Tom

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