We woke up early this morning to bacon, eggs, and rice. James thought this would be a perfect day to start off our first of three field days in a row. After breakfast, Lauren and James made some more spam musubies for lunch. Then we geared up and headed out to the field. Each boat went their separate ways to collect sediment traps for the Montipora group (AKA group AWESOME). Group awesome went to reef 47, group 2 went to reef 44, and group 3 went to reef 54 to collect sediment traps for each tagged coral colony. At reef 54, another group member was stung by a man o’ war. The first was Ceina and the second was Lauren. Now, this was actually Lauren 2nd sting during our survey, but her first at reef 54. After each boat collect the sediment traps at each reef, we met up at the sand bar for Lingula surveys. After finding very small and very few Lingula, we had lunch. Most of us had spam musubies and/or pesto pasta (from last nights dinner). I am not a spam lover, so I had left over pasta. Yummy! Thanks Lauren. We finished up lunch with a nice visit from Ceina’s “family” (four sea turtles graced us with their presence). Then we headed for Reefs 11 and 15 for our favorite surveying techniques of Montipora dilatata. After a long field day, we crawled back into the boat and managed to get Anuschka back to the dock by 4PM.
After returning home, my group (group awesome) processed our sediment traps with much guidance from Chris. Tonight we are having chili for dinner, which will be cooked by Peter! We cannot wait!
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