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Virgin Gorda – Conclusion

This will be my last post in the blog. This week has been great and my expectations were greatly exceeded. Even though we were really busy everyday, I feel like a learned so much from this class. On our last day in Virgin Gorda we woke up and had breakfast before walking down to the community service site. Our...

Day 5 – Virgin Gorda

Today I woke up at about 7:45 and took a shower before meeting at the cattle guard. Just like yesterday, we went straight to the docks and had a quick breakfast. After breakfast we took about 15 minutes to go pick up a few souvenirs. We then boarded the boat and set up our gear. The boat ride to...

Day 4 – Virgin Gorda

Today I woke up at around 7am to submit my blog post before breakfast. Instead of going to the usual place for breakfast, we went directly to the dock where the Dive BVI team had already set up a small breakfast consisting of banana bread, muffins, yogurt, and a few drinks. Even through it was it a lot of...

Day 3 – Virgin Gorda

Today I woke up pretty early, around 6:30am and got a good start to the day. I dreaded getting up early but it was not too bad. We then went to breakfast and Laura gave a lecture on different types of fish and coral species that we would see later today. After the lecture we drove over to Savannah...

Day 2 – Virgin Gorda

**Photo credit - Bennet @ The Baths**We woke up this morning at 7:45 and took showers before making our way down to the cattle guard. Breakfast was again great and I was pretty full afterwards. We then had a man from the conservation and fisheries department come and talk to us about sea turtles. He outlined the different types...

Day 1 – Virgin Gorda

Today was great! We got up pretty early but after I took a shower and woke up a little bit, it was not too bad. For breakfast we had sausage, eggs, fruit, and a few juices to choose from. After breakfast we were given a lecture discussing some of the rules and regulations as well as an introduction to...

Articles C,D,E and F

C. I learned from this article that consequences of ecotourism outweigh the benefits of it. I also learned that ecotourism agencies deceive the native people into thinking that they are protecting the environment, when they are really exploiting the natives for the their own monetary gain. D. From this article I learned that marine invasive species pose a significant...

Boxfishes (Smooth Trunkfish)

Boxfishes, or smooth trunkfish have an angular body sheathed in plate-like scales. It has maximum length of 19 inches. It is also triangular in shape with polkadots on its body. Its fins are usually yellow. The smooth trunkfish usually keeps to itself but sometimes may be found in small groups. Additionally, it shoots water onto the sandy seabed to...

First Blog

Today we talked about how overfishing is affecting whale populations and we looked at which countries fish whales the most. We also discussed an article about how climate change is affecting the movement of fish.