Day 1 


Day one: this morning, the first day of marine biology in the BVIs, started off hot and humid in the Guava Berry resort. After cooling down and eating at the yatch club, I boarded onto the sea dragon along with my group and one other. We traveled in the boat for about 15-20 minutes and reached a group of islands named the dog islands. The dog islands got their name after pirates during the 1400s thought they heard dog barking when in reality it was the Caribbean monk seals which barked and resembled dogs. The first scuba sight we visited was bronco Billie at George dog island island. The first dive was not as diverse and colorful as I originally expected but compared to the lake it was a good first impression of the BVIs. During the first dive I saw many species of fish ranging from the purple and yellow fairy basslets which were plentiful around the patches of staghorn and elkhorn coral to the spotted moray eel which we saw quietly slithering through the misc of dead coral on the bottom of the dive site. After the first dive, we went to the second dive site at Great dog island which was known as the chimney. The chimney got its name from the thin passage that resembles a formation found in climbing commonly known as a chimney. The dive was very colorful and had a great abundance of life shown in the many species of wildlife. My favorite sighting of the day were the two reef squid that my group with the great Zoltan noticed as soon as we passed through the chimney. After we finished the second dive and got back to shore, we picnicked on the beach and hung out for an hour or so. I went along with some other friends and we snorkeled out from the beach to check out a small reef about 75 yards out. As we were making our way out, we saw an uncountable amount of minnows along with lots of brain coral and a small crab. Afterwards, the entire Jesuit group went snorkeling to the baths, which is a geological structure of giant boulders which are formed when tectonic plates collided which made magma travel to the surface of the earth and when it cooled it formed large granite mounds. Overtime these granite mounds were chiseled away by storms and the ocean for around 50 million years which eventually made large boulders and the baths as we learned today. Learning the geographical history of the baths showed me how amazing the world can be and the mysteries it holds.