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Matthew Mancillas '19

Matthew Mancillas '19
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Mancillas – Day 6

July 28 - Surprise! Morning was the same as every other day.  One difference however is that there were no dives today because of safety concerns with nitrogen dissolving in our bodies. Instead, we went to the local high school to complete some beautification projects. The school suffers from public vandalism, frequent trespassing, and dilapidating grounds. So in order to combate...

Mancillas – Day 5 

July 27 - I am just going to skip to the first dive because the morning routine was the same as always. Our first dive was at the Kodiak Queen. The Kodiak Queen possesses some history. It was one of the few remaining vessels left after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and after its decommission, it began to compete supply...

Mancillas – Day 4 

July 26 - Same drill happened today, as usual, surprising I know. Because three consecutive days of long intervals of diving is basically abuse to your body, we stayed mostly toward the surface today.  Our first activity for the day was an invertebrate collection and observation. Tyler and I teamed up to go and search across the shore of a...

Mancillas – Day 3 

July 25 - The Mangoes were in charge of breakfast this morning. It consisted of cereal, yogurt, assorted bars, milk, honey buns, and cold garlic bread from the previous dinner. Sadly, no one ate the garlic bread. Afterwards, we went to the marina to prepare for our dives Today, our first dive was at Mountain Peak. The Mangoes got in...

Mancillas – Day 2 

July 24 - Boring items out of the way first, I woke up. It was hot as usual. Breakfast was quick and filling with Fruit Loops and Fig Newtons. That concludes the boring items of the day.  Our first dive, this time at Ginger's Hole, was The Mangoes first attempt at our research project. Our project is to observe the...

Mancillas – Day 1 

July 23 - I do not know how to start this, so I am just gonna start with the trip to our first dive site, Bronco Billy. After gearing up, my group, the Mangoes consisting of myself, Tyler Ochs, Trip Hatton, and Nick Slayton, entered the water. Now if anyone reading has ever looked in Texas water, it is...