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Day 5

Today, day 5, was coral replanting day. We started off by eating another quick breakfast at the harbor, right before boarding our boats. We traveled to the tip of Virgin Gorda to our harvesting/planting site. We began with a snorkel at the site to spot possible harvesting points, i.e. medium sized elkhorn or staghorn coral. ...

Day 4

On day four on Virgin Gorda, we woke up and ate a speedy breakfast at the harbor, and got on our respective boats. We traveled to the wreck site of the RMS Rhone, a ship that sank during a hurricane in 1867, for two dives. On the first dive, we would explore the bow, or the front half...

Day 3

Day three in the BVI was the busiest so far, as it included three snorkel trips and a dive. Once again, the day started with a delicious breakfast that led us into Laura's wonderful fish identification presentation. The presentation gave us a great idea of what we would be finding on our morning snorkel, as well as...

Day 2

On day two of our week on Virgin Gorda, we assisted in turtle tagging, toured the Baths, and then snorkeled our way back to Guavaberry. After another lovely breakfast, we practiced breath control techniques, in preparation for our day of snorkeling, and then tested them out in the pool right outside our breakfast location. At this...

Day 1

The above photo was taken from the patio of Cedar Cabin, in which Chris, Dylan and I are staying. When pulling up near our cabin after a long, but worthwhile, trip, one of our dive instructors, Casey, informed us that we would be staying in "one of the...

Day 8 Articles

Today, the class was presented with 4 articles regarding ethically controversial topics. We learned about ecotourism, invasive species, oil spills, and finally, artificial reefs. First off, ecotourism is a thriving industry based on providing fun and interesting experiences to people by showcasing an environment that would not necessarily be occupied by us humans. We've learned that...

All About Basslets

The basslet is a small fish of the Grammatidae family, in the order Perciformes that reach no larger than 10 centimeters in length. They are very bright, multicolored fish that are popular in marine aquaria. In the wild, however, basslets can be found in the western Atlantic, as well as the Caribbean. As hermaphroditic fish, basslets...