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Jack Blase '20

Jack Blase '20
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Last Day (07/26/19)

Last dives. For our last day in the Grand Cayman we dove in the Trinity Caves and the Chain Reef. The Trinity Caves consisted of a large, narrow canyons that formed a large U that we dove through. As we descended and began to enter the canyon, a huge Green Sea Turtle crossed our field of vision. Unfortunately this...

Day 6 (07/25/19)

We visited two wreck sites today, Kittiwake and Doc Poulson. Kittiwake was a 250 foot U.S. Naval submarine rescue ship that was used for multiple American national success including rescuing Buzz Aldrin and recovering the black box from the exploded Challenger. We descended about 40 feet away from the site and made our way through the ship. We entered...

Day 5 (07/24/19)

An easy day today. We started off the morning with two tanks dives. Our first dive was located at Little Tunnel. Immediately, we were confronted with a large wall of reef with a small hole which could only fit one diver. The hole began at about 60 feet and came through at about 75 feet. When we exited, there...

Day 4 (07/23/19)

Our fourth day started out with 2 tank dives. Our first dive was the deepest yet, 100 feet. There was a massive drop off to the bottom of the ocean, around 4,000 feet, on the corner of the dive. The reef was gorgeous and there were many canyons where we could swim through and inspect each nook and cranny...

Day 3 (07/22/19)

On day 3 of our Caribbean adventure, our first tank dive took us to Bonnie's Arch where we descended into the water and we were met with a beautiful reef wall. We made our way through an arch covered in beautiful reef with the bright sun highlighting the coral. Gregory and I inspected each nook to find hidden treasure...

Day 2 (07/21/19)

On our first tank dive, Lee, our dive master, took us through a beautiful reef where types of coral including staghorn, pillar, and brain can be found. Staghorn Coral can be identified by the antler-like branches which have stinging cells that aid the coral in getting food. Pillar Coral, dendrogyra cylindrus, has distinctive characteristics such as the height, possibly...

Day 1 (07/20/19)

My buddy, Gregory Pope, and I searched the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean for familiar types of fish. Near the shore of Cobalt Coast, we found and examined fish including Foureye Butterflyfish, Banded Butterflyfish, French Grunt, Sergeant Major, Princess Parrotfish, and Redband Parrotfish, additionally, while snorkeling, Gregory found a sea urchin. After we snorkeled, we identified multiple juvenile...