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Clark Brown '21

Clark Brown '21
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Marine Biology Day 7: 7-19

On our last day, we dove at two reef sites relatively close to our hotel. The first site followed a lovely coral wall which swayed along the coast like a ribbon. It then opens up onto a large sandy landscape stretching as far as the eye could see. In this vast distance, I was able to make out an...

Marine Biology Day 6: 7-18

Today was the day of the wreck dives. Both morning dives were centered around two wreck sites, both offering different examples of what a wreck dive was. On dive number one, we explored the kittiwake wreck, an old rescue ship used for reconnaissance. The surrounding sand was coated with little garden eels peering out from their holes, while the...

Marine Biology Day 5: 7-17

To begin this morning, the group ventured off to the two morning dives along different coral walls of the island. The first dive was slightly deeper. However on the second shallower dive, I encountered something both startling and intriguing. As we were nearing boat, I swam just ahead to peer at a small group of fish huddled around a...

Marine Biology Day 4: 7-16

The day began with a rough thunderstorm which cleared just in time for our morning dive. We proceeded to dive at the edge of a coral reef overlooking the deep blue. We followed the wall of the reef and observed some curious pufferfish hiding shyly behind large clumps of coral. On the second dive that morning, we explored a...

Marine Biology Day 3: 7-15

Today we embarked on two significantly deeper dives where we explored the coral walls of two reef sites. In doing so, we got to see many different organisms and behaviors. Specifically, one of my favorite memories from the first dive was a camouflaged griped fish which was swaying with one of the soft corals. This fish moved as the...

Marine Biology Day 2: 7-14

This morning, our group took a trip to two different dive sites to get acquainted with the new environment. As we dove into the water, we gradually descended and followed our guide Curtis around the reef. Large schools of colorful parrotfish swam around the abundant corals, munching on them as they passed. After we finished with the guided tour,...

Marine Biology Day 1: 7-13

Today, we primarily focused on the afternoon snorkel expedition where we went off in pairs, and explored the reef near the hotel. In doing so, I encountered several different species we covered in class. Some of these included, butterfly fish: four-eyed, and banded, Parrotfish: both princess and spotlight in initial and terminal phases, blue tangs, French grunts, a group...