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Michael Patton '21

Michael Patton '21
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Final day

Our final day of diving began differently as we had to take a short bus ride to the boat because of the high swells present at the dock at the resort. Once we boarded the boat we went to our first dive site which consisted of several top open tunnels. Early on in the dive we saw a very...

Day 6

Our first dive was at the USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned submarine rescue boat. This was my first wreck dive and I was very excited. Inside the boat there was very little coral because of the short amount of time the boat has been sunk in that particular location. I also didn't see many fish in and around the boat...

Day 5

After breakfast and our boat ride, we hopped into the water at our first dive site, little tunnels. On this dive I did not see any new species but when we descended I was greeted by thousands of garden eels stream hung across the horizon. This dive was on "the wall" meaning one can look out into the distance...

Day 4

Day 4 started off with my favorite and deepest dive of 100 feet. In this dive I was astounded by the underwater terrain, the numerous tunnels and arches. These tunnels and arches I found were full of a very high amount of diversity. For example, in a small nook in the wall at about 70 feet, I saw a...

Day 3

We started day 3 with breakfast and getting immediately on the boat. Our first dive was Bonnie's arch, named after the late Bonnie who was one of the earliest videographers on the island. On this dive my favorite part was definitely the corals and sponges. I spent most of my time looking at and examining branching vase sponges. The...

Day 2

I was woken up early in the morning by a rooster's call and got ready for the day. Following a good breakfast of eggs, hash browns, and bacon, we had a boat briefing then were ready to go out for our dives. We boarded the twin sister and I found my bcd and tank and put my diving equipment...

Day 1

As I arrived at the resort from my previous family vacation down the road in the Caymans, I noticed the magnificent view of the horizon from the dock. Eager to explore, I started my snorkel with Michael Curry. When I climbed off the ladder at the end of the dock, I immediately recognized several fish that we went over...