Day 26: Farewell Coconut

Tyler here again with the saddest post of them all. The time has come where we are forced to leave our life of luxury on Coconut Island. However, it is not all sad because we were able to present our findings from our month-long journey. Some friendly folks from the biology department came to our presentation today and were excited to hear about green sea turtles in Kāneʻohe Bay. Although we had some nervous group members, everybody did an amazing job and nailed their portion of the talk. Now we can all sleep soundly knowing we have just completed a real, published (soon at least) report.

The experience in the field that we have gained throughout this course is something we will all take with us for the remainder of our careers in marine biology. Words cannot describe how privileged we are to take part in studying one the most beautiful creatures in the ocean in the most widely researched bay in the world. We have seen everything from octopi and baby squid to hammerhead sharks and manta rays; things that people only get the chance to see on tv. Besides all of the interesting creatures we have seen, we were also given the chance to work with some of the Hawaii’s best coral reef specialists, Dr. Cynthia Hunter and Dr. Keisha Bahr. I believe they were as excited to learn more about sea turtles as we were. We would not have been able to get anywhere if it wasn’t for their guidance and support along the way. We would also like thank our wonderful TAs: Becca, Kaitlyn, and Trevor. Lastly we would like to thank a person that we unfortunately only had the pleasure of meeting once, Lois (I hope I spelled right). This woman, although knowing none of us, made numerous contributions to our class just out of the kindness of her heart. Lastly, I want to personally thank the amazing teammates that I was able to work with during this class: Amanda, Aubreigh, Gavin, Jacob, Lexi, Mike, Morgan, and Tess (the duckling slayer). Thank you all very much!

Well I guess it’s about that time to get out of here. To anybody reading this blog, this is just a taste of everything that happens in the Biology 403 class at The University of Hawaii at Manoa. This class is the definition of what marine biology is at UH. Opportunities like this are the exact reason I left Georgia to come study in Hawaii. To any students thinking about taking this class in the future, DO it! That’s all I can say. So until the next group of hard-working, dedicated students comes along to progress our knowledge of marine biology in the Pacific, so long.


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