BVI: Session 1 - Great White

Day 16 – Bratton, We Need To Cook

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Nathaniel D.
Today, we woke up at 7am to the sound of music! After we got situated and put our hammocks and sheets away, we set up for a breakfast of eggs, French toast and cereal. After breakfast, we went underway on our first dive site of the day. The dolphins did a project dive. Once that was finished, we helped ourselves to some ramen noodles and began to sail to our next dive site close to a small island. While the Neptunes went on another dive, us Dolphins began to collect and analyze our data for our project paper. Once the Neptunes returned from their dive, we all headed over to the small island where we all played games and enjoyed our beach time. We all headed back to the boat to prepare for dinner where the chef of the day was cleaning the hull of the ship so me and Bratton ended up cooking franks and beans for everyone. We all quickly filled up and finished the food. I cant wait for the fun dives tomorrow!

Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Day 15 – The Longest Day Ever – From Mountains To Sand Castles

Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Will D.
We started the day bright and early. At around 6:00am we head the alarms go off as we rush to eat breakfast and get ready for the hike. After a quick meeting on the docks, we started the three and a half mile uphill journey to the top of the tallest mountain in the BVI’s, Mount Sage. The hike was hard, but well rewarded. Once we reached the top we could buy some delicious banana smoothies before embarking on the journey back. Despite just climbing a mountain, the day wasn’t over. After some time exploring Cane Garden Bay, we all sailed around the corner. It was there where we had our sandcastle building competition. Our boat built a massive great white shark eating a flip-flop. Seems a bit strange, but it worked! We won first place for the best sandcastle. However, the day wasn’t over. We all hopped back on the boats, took a quick shower and sailed for Sidney’s Peace and Love for our beach BBQ. We stayed there for most of the night eating, dancing and exploring the little shops in the are. 11:00pm signaled the end of the day. Once back on the boat, everyone was exhausted. The “Longest Day Ever” was crammed full of activity, but at the same time, it flew by. There was never a dull moment. Now we are all going to bed to recover and get ready for a new day full of adventure.

Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Day 14 – Turtle Turtle

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Bratton D.
Hearing the sound of some sick beats, we woke up and set sail for the Pinnacles. Upon our arrival, it was time to prepare our dive gear and our brief for the dive. For the Dolphins, it was our third research dive. For the Neptunes, it was a fish ID dive. We saw some eels and some colorful reef fish before we came back to the surface. Once we were all back from the dive we helped to detach the lines from the mooring ball and set sail for our second dive site of the day at Shark Point! Dolphins immediately set up their gear and went on an underwater research dive. We saw some cool overhead environments and even saw a lionfish. Meanwhile the Neptunes cooked some amazing quesadillas and had a little dance party while they were at it. After lunch, the Dolphins grabbed their snorkel gear and headed into toothless (the dinghy) to go meet up with some other dolphins from another boat that we were going to go tag turtles. The Neptunes went on a fun dive and spotted a lionfish. After a short brief, the dolphins were dragged behind dinghies with their snorkel gear on. Elena spotted a small hawksbill turtle and raised her hand. We stored the dinghy and all circled it in order to catch it. The first few attempts were unsuccessful but finally we snuck up from behind and brought it to the surface. Once we had the turtle on the boat, all of the Dolphins helped to take the measurements that are needed for the tagging. It was pretty awesome! Lastly, we put a couple of tags on the turtle and released the turtle back where we found it. Back on the boat, we swam for a little bit until it was time to sail back to port. We all helped on deck while we were sailing to port. Now we are chilling on the boat and getting ready for another dinner in paradise.

Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Day 13 – Monkeying Around

Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Molly E.
We woke up at 7 am to the sound of the roaring engine. We stumbled our of our beds, grabbed our PFD’s and motored on over to Monkey Point. We chowed down on scrambled eggs, banana nut muffins and fruit. As soon as we finished cleanup, the Neptunes were rushed off to Shazam for an equipment specialist lecture while the dolphins dove for their projects. After the lecture, the Neptunes had some fun and played in the water by Shazam. Around 12, Neptunes joined the dolphins back on Great White and ate vegetable soup (it was so hot!!). After the leisurely lunch, we made our way to Sommer’s Beach and had beach time with all of dive side. We played a rescue game (My team won!). After the game, we just hung out until the dolphins had to leave us for a shark dissection (gross!)! The Neptunes joined Rangitoto Too on their boat until the dissection was over, and we all met back at home around 4. The Dolphins came home with five new presents: baby sharks in a bag! Now its 5:15 and we’re all ready for the beach BBQ. I cant wait for burgers and ActionPunch. I would give today about a 28/28.

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