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Day 6/7 with Tanner

"I like toytles" This quote from a boy on an interview in response to a completely unrelated question about turtles rings through my ears as the group and I embark on our final day in the beautiful Virgin Gorda. After being woken up at around 6:30 AM by Drew, who performs a daily morning run, sprinting up to our door,...

Day 5 with Tanner and R&R

BEST.DAY.YET. Schedule for the day: Breakfast Service project Lunch at Mad Dog's Chill Time Baths Snorkel to Guavaberry Springs Bay BBQ on the beach Night snorkel Now tell me this was not an awesome day, because I was by far the best day regardless of the fact that we didn't even go scuba diving. So the first thing on the schedule is obviously breakfast. Waking up was pretty...

Day 4 with Tanner as we replant coral

The common themes of today: bliss and lucky charms. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, each activity was so satisfying and just an extreme joy to be a part of. The morning was peaceful, as finally nothing was in my room to wake me up! No roosters, no lizards, nothing! I woke up on my own terms and...

Day 3 on the Wreck of the Rhone with Tanner

Today, the sun finally shone through the clouds, yet my morning was a little patchy. Although the roosters have been AWOL since day 1, I was woken by something a little more interesting: a lizard. He was scratching on the screen right next to my bed as he crawled around my wall, nearly falling on me. Even though he...

Day 2 with Tanner in the BVI

Praise the Lord! I continually repeat this phrase in my mind as this morning I wake up on my own without the help of those obnoxious roosters! After gently rolling out of bed, I brush my teeth, put on my rash guard, and go outside to breathe in the fresh air; however, I see that nearly half of the stuff...

Day 1 Underwater Exploration with Tanner

After about 4 solid hours of sleep, me, Richard, and Drew woke to an annoying alarm clock blaring in our ears. No, these weren't just any alarm clocks, these were roosters, cock-a-doodle-doing louder than any alarm I've heard in a while. Regardless of the wake-up call at 6:40, we were still excited to see a "sunnier" side of the...

Today’s Article Reflection

Today, four different groups presented four different articles about four different topics. The topics included ecotourism, invasive species, artificial reefs, and chronic oil spills. These presentations were fantastic ways for the whole class to learn about something new. I personally learned something new about each topic. Ecotourism: I learned that although ecotourism is mainly a conservation measure, more harm...

The interesting world of the Sponge

This past weekend, the class was asked to research ten organisms and then blog about one they researched. The one that I found most interesting was the sponge. The sponge has so many unique attributes that distinguish them from other marine organisms. These invertebrates have no circulatory, nervous, or digestive systems and are made of a jelly-like substance known...

class time fun (help) with Tanner Davis…and Matt Mills

Marine biology. That is the name of the class that excites me. Many many friends I have in this class. These people know a lot, but others need lots of assistance understanding this complex material, like this kid named Matt Mills (see figure below). I, being as knowledgable as I already am, must assist this helpless child. I teach...