Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a very busy day for the Dolphin program students as we left our own boat at 8am to go to ‘The Entertainer’ to dissect a starfish and do our first research dive! We tried two techniques of underwater collection: the transect, a long line with which you note all the organisms or objects directly touching it on every half meter; and a quadrant, which is a square used to estimate the percentage of rock, sand or coral in that certain spot. In the afternoon, we went turtle tagging at Little Peter. We snorkeled for a while but realized that there were no turtles in the area! We didn’t even spot a single one. The water was quite chilly. We exited the water and sat for an interesting oceanography lecture. We returned to our boat and ended the day with a delightful Thanksgiving dinner with our guest Sam! On the Neptune side of things, some of us woke up at 6 am this morning to go wake-boarding. We later went on a dive where the shipmates led themselves. We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the sun and having fun together!