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British Virgin Islands – last day

Sorry the blog is about a day late today, just got done from an extremely long day of traveling and telling stories to the family. Our day (yesterday) started out as usual, same time, same place, heading to the same harbor, but today we were doing something none of the Dive BVI instructors or our teachers have done yet....

British virgin islands – day six

Sorry blog follower that this one is a little late, we just got back from a night snorkel. Today was our service project day. We were given the task to help paint a huge wall that was about 50 yards long and 8 feet tall. It was a pretty quick and painless community service project. After we finished we...

British virgin islands – day five

Today I woke up with a huge swollen left eye with no idea how it happened. It wasn't painful or anything though and went away eventually. We headed to the harbor at the same time as usual, 8:00, expect our taxi driver Glen came thirty minutes late. We had a full action packed day planned for us so...

British virgin islands – day three

Today we got an extra half an hour of sleep so our day began at 8:30 when the taxi picked us up. From there we drove to harbor and ate a fruit filled breakfast. It was a rather short breakfast compared to others, lasting only about ten minutes. Once breakfast was done we headed to the boats. Our destination...

Marine biology – day 2

Today we set out for our final lesson on the marine life we'll see inVirgin Gorda early on the morning. Laura, one of the Dive BVI instructors gave an excellent presentation on the different groups of organisms, such as sponges, herbivores, grazers, coral, etc. and the characteristics of the fish belonging to them. The presentation informed me well...

BVI – day one

Today my adventure began at five in the morning, unfortunately, thanks to the local roosters. My roommates Jimmy Bucklar and Clayton Caldwell soon grudgingly arose from their sleep too. By seven o' clock we had deserted our resort to eat breakfast and receive a briefing over our schedule for the day at a different hotel. There we met the...

Marine biology – school days

Over the course of these two weeks each classmate has worked on a research project with a group and presented an article they used in their research. Today I learned how well artificial reefs are doing. I used to think only real reefs would hold a lot of biodiversity, but one of the groups showed us data that supported...

Marine biology – school days – moray eel

During our weekend break from classes we were assigned to look up information on ten organisms that we might find while we were in the British Virgin Islands and the study them so we'll be able to identify them. Today we were given the task to write about a fish that left an imprint on us when we were...

Marine biology – school days

Today at Jesuit we began to use our iPads to set up our blogs so we can be ready to post while we're on our journey in the British Virgin Islands. After mild chaos and technical difficulties the class was able to successfully get going. Earlier in the day two groups presented their articles they used for their research...