Saturday, October 21, 2017
Home Authors Articles by Arturo Dominguez '12

Arturo Dominguez '12

16 ARTICLES 0 COMMENTS

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night!

I hate to go and leave this pretty sight! Today was the last full day of the BVI portion of our Marine Biology course. While it only lasted a week, it felt like it's been months. Today, as mentioned yesterday, was our community service day. We did an assortment of jobs around the boathouse including painting, washing life jackets,...

Island Day 5

Today started early with a two-tank dive at Mountain Point after we had breakfast. The first dive was our final fun dive of our trip to the BVI. We familiarized ourselves with our surroundings because, after a short surface interval, we would be following up with our fish identification dive. This dive consisted of many steps that we were...

Island Day 4

Today felt like I woke up underwater since our day began with an early dive. Our first dive was at Salt Island, where we explored a shipwreck that had been integrated into the reef. The reef was inhabited by parrotfish, box fish, barrel sponges, flamingo tongues, and a variety of other organisms. The second dive was at Cooper's Island...

Island Day 3

Today went a little different than usual in that there was no diving. Instead, we took a taxi (Speedy's) from the Olde Yard Village hotel after breakfast. We headed to Savannah Bay where we spent much of the day learning about identifying marine species, laying transect lines, and taking surveys of the reef and its species. This will be...

Island Day 2

Our second day on the British Virgin Islands began with an early wake-up call at Limetree by yours truly. The staff of BVI talked to us about coral conservation and factors that affect the growth and development of the reefs. They gave us a notepad to document and identify the different species of marine animals that we might find...

Island Day 1

We're finally here! After much anticipation, we arrived at the Virgin Gorda airport last night and checked in to our hotel last night (the Guava Berry Resort). We couldn't do much when we arrived since it was storming but the following morning was filled with activities. Today we took a refresher dive to determine the number of weights we...

Marine Bio: Day 10

So today marks the tenth and final day of the Marine Bio course (well, the last day of class portion). We spent part of class discussing the things we needed to bring, addressing any last-minute problems, and reviewing the overall expectations from our class. Our articles today were about the peculiar terrestial behavior of the leaping blenny as well as...

Marine Bio: Day 9

Today was the second to last day of the Marine Biology course at Jesuit. Our schedule today went differently than usual. We began class by going into the lab to complete our dissection of the dogfish. We got to open up its "skull" to take a look at its brain and the nerves connecting to it. The head was...

Marine Bio: Day 8

Today marks the eighth day of the Marine Biology ourse here at Jesuit. Nick and Rob's article discussed the evolution of the mimic octopus. This species has the unique ability to change color and mimic the shape and movement of fellow sea creatures ranging from crabs to sea snakes. This brought up a point about Darwin's natural selection...