Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning we dove at the Rhone, a ship that sunk in 1864. This was our first wreck dive of the trip. The wreck was covered in coral and inhabited by many creatures including Caribbean reef sharks which many of us saw on the dive. Following the wreck dive, we hiked up Salt Island and learned the history behind the name of the island and the role the residents had in the shipwreck. We all paid tribute to the people who died on the boat by placing a shell on their graves. On clear days you can see the shipwreck from the top of the island, however, it was cloudy and the visibility wasn’t great. Nonetheless, the views from the top were breathtaking. We then dissected a starfish and learned all the parts and how they function. After the dissection, we went snorkeling at Great Harbor to scout out the area before our night dive. During our snorkel adventure, we took a pit-stop on the beach and spent time hanging out and bonding with each other and looking for cool shells. The night dive was crazy cool. The nightlife in the ocean is much different than the day. We saw so many tarpon and stingrays, three huge lobsters, a cuttlefish and an octopus that changed colors. Overall, today was a great day filled with really cool and beautiful sights.