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Day 5 & 6: So Fun It All Blended Together

Imagine the joy you had as a child making your imagination come to life with Legos. Now take that and put it underwater in the most beautiful part of the world. That was my day yesterday as I helped facilitate the construction of the Jesuit Reef in Long Bay off of Virgin Gorda. I myself went on three dives:...

Day 4: It’s Either a Ring of Fire or a Circle of Life, I’m...

This is fire coral. You may not believe it, but there's something amazing about fire coral. The BVI is fraught with it, and its difficult to find a location that doesn't have it in abundance. Named for the fiery stinging feeling experienced when the stinging bristles come into contact with skin, fire coral is the bane of poorly buoyant divers...

Day 3: Life’s a drag unless it’s behind a boat

Discovery. Adrenaline. Position. Thrust. Contact. Escape. Pursuit. Dismay. So did my single encounter with a lionfish progress today. Once again, I've only managed to injure the infidel, though my conquest continues. Our morning began with a light breakfast but a heavy presentation by Dr. Gore on the state of the turtles in the world and in the Caribbean. Our mission...

Day 2: Fish Metal Jacket

This is my lion tamer. There are many like it, but this one is mine. In fact, this 6-headed spear, or "hunting gig", is my weapon of choice this week as I perpetuate my campaign against the heinous threat to the Caribbean that is the lionfish. I made my first spear today when I was alerted to the existence...

Marine Biology 2: The Adventure Continues

Monday, July 15. 12:30 AM. I've finally put myself to bed, after an intense yet fulfilling week in Dallas, a week marked by long hours lifeguarding and several occasions of socializing, as is usual for this awesome summer. Two and a half hours later, my alarm sounds. I take my packed bags, my father, and and northwest highway, arriving...

The reasons why: Week One

I couldn't sign up fast enough for marine biology two. What better way to combine my love for the natural world with the knowledge and learning of Jesuit Biology class? There is none. I wholeheartedly plan on taking full advantage of this excellent trip. This week I solidified my core coral knowledge, realized that Mr. Kirby and Doc are both...

Coral Replanting and MVD

I remember several years ago going for a swim at Royal Oaks country club in Dallas. The diving boards there allowed me to do something I once thought to be incredible: to dive down to the bottom of the 12 foot deep pool. The adrenaline I felt then resurfaced as I did the opposite and sank. Among more exciting...

Fish n’ Chips n’ Fish n’ Ships

Not often do I feel an uncanny need to produce a multimillion dollar film about a cruise ship, once named unsinkable, that tragically crashed leaving nearly all passengers dead, all due to error on the captain's part. Truly, the story of the sinking of the R.M.S. Rhone is a tragic one. But the fact that it led to what...

Fish Identification and Night Snorkeling

Today I felt the full effect of being overly enthused for a continuous 96 hour period of time. Luckily the amount of excitement I have overpowered my desire to fall down and take a nap. We started off the day at the Olde Yard resort with a breakfast of eggs, bacon, fruit, and coffee. Laura then gave a...