Day 4: ♪Won’t you take me to … Turtle town♪

Today started with splashing outside from a mysterious source. It grabbed our attention thus we lay our eyes upon the window in curiosity. But the source of the sound was gone like a ghost in the wind. Now up we prepared for our third day on Moku o Loʻe by making our breakfasts and lunches for the day. We loaded up the boats for our upcoming exploration and set off to class to learn about maps and spatial data using ArcGIS with Dr. Bahr. ArcGIS allows for compiling spatial data and visualizing it on a map to find any potential trends between variables. Once we finished our module on ArcGIS we transitioned to a guest lecture from Shandell Brunson. Shandell told us about the work she had done with green sea turtles in Kaneohe Bay and how she has been part of tracking their migrations and their dietary behaviors. At the end of learning some amazing facts about turtles and the researching currently being done with them, Dr. Bahr informed us of an interesting extra credit opportunity. If we can fill a trash bag with marine debris at the end of the four weeks all members of that team would get 10 extra points.

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Excited with the prospects of bonus points we headed out into the field. This time we used only two boats, so Green and Blue teams joined forces and shared a boat. The first stop on our expedition today was reef 44, but before we could even get off the boat Red team found a large fishing net much to the scorn of the other groups. Reef 44 was much larger than either of the reefs we visited yesterday, but despite that one usual suspect was nowhere to be seen, TURTLES!! Despite this, we saw many cool things from collector urchins to eels.

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After this, we headed to the reef without a number compassionately named Turtle Town. But even at Turtle Town, there were only two turtles.

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Where are all the turtles? Hopefully, we can find answers in the upcoming days.

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Finally, to conclude our day we had one more guest lecture from Josh Levy. Josh Levy talked about how he has used Unmanned Automated Systems (drones) to study marine environments. With that or days ended with the taste of homemade quesadillas and the new knowledge that we actually own a can opener.

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