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Jake Darlak '21

Jake Darlak '21
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Blog Post Day 7

Today was the last two dives of the trip. On the first dive I was having trouble equalizing which was actually kind of a blessing because while I was trying to equalize a huge green sea turtle swam right under me. This turtle was missing a fin but was still able to swim faster than me, something I thought...

Blog Post Day 6

Today we dove two reck dives, one being the kittiwake. The kittiwake is a 251 ft rescue ship for submarines in the navy. This ship did not have that much marine life on it because it was moved during a hurricane in 2017 killing most of the reef that had grown on it. There was however a ton of...

Blog Post Day 5

Today I dove twice in the morning and rested all afternoon. This morning we went back to a dive cite along the wall. While diving I saw schools of black durgon which are actually quite easy to tell apart from other fish because its fins are located on the top and bottom and wave in the water. Next I...

Blog Post Day 4

Today I woke up and went on a wall dive. This dive was on a wall that went down 4,000 ft. So far this was my favorite dive because of how curious I was to look down into the abyss. On the wall dive today I saw a spectrum of fish from a baby spotted drum to a hawksbill...

Blog Post Day 3

Today I woke up had breakfast and got on the boat for two dives. Today during the two dives I saw a plentiful amount of colorful fish swimming around the reef. I saw a trumpet fish today which was cool because of how weird of a fish it is. It is long and narrow and to blend in with...

Blog Post Day 2

I dived two times and snorkeled once today and saw an abundance of colorful fish. I saw different species of parrotfish: spotlight parrotfish, princess parrotfish, and red and parrotfish. I saw them all both the initial and terminal types. While looking at one of the terminal spotlight parrotfish I saw it poop which was gross and interesting because I...

Blog Post Day 1

Today I arrived in the Cayman Islands and went snorkeling off the shore. I was surprised at the abundance of marine life 100ft off the shore. I saw so many of fan and brain coral, which was really majestic because of the faint purple color and almost all of them were living. There were also a ton of sea...