Sept 11, 2016
We took a moment to remember the importance of 9/11 and remember the many people who lost their lives in the horrible attack that occurred fifteen years ago.
Ben showing off his diving prowess
As with the other days we are still setting up plots to study how much sea grass parrot fish are eating. This takes a lot of prep work even before we go out. Forgetting something and having to make a trip back for it is a pain and eats into our time. I have learned to make sure we have it all before we go. Even with that, I still find I am occasionally scrounging the seabed for as lost nail or string. The good thing is that if we have to come back, I can air up my tanks again.
opps might have needed that the first trip..
I feel really good knowing that there are people like them in the world. I am hoping that I can fit in by spreading this desire to help and protect the oceans to not only my students but others as well. Maybe somewhere along the line, I can help spark a new Ben, Aline, or Frances...even in landlocked states like Oklahoma. i do so love my job!
I do love these trunk fish... soo cute!!!(Gopro video capture)
However, the fish LOVE it. as seen in the pictures below!
Aline watching Chum feeding frenzy about 1 min after placing it
The fish would literally push you out of the way to get to the bag of chum
The chum had its desired effect in the area. A nurse shark showed up almost immediately. I could not swim away fast enough. She was right at my feet. It seemed no matter which way I went to get out of her way it was the wrong direction....Then I was trying to remember if I got some chum on me!
While we were setting up the other collection plots. I got to see one of my favorite animals under here..an eagle ray. They are so majestic as they swim (fly) through the ocean.
Once more we had to end the day. Unfortunately, each dive brings us back closer to the surface. I had not realized that I had not seen the sun since Thursday. We do see it up through the water but it isn't the same. As I was looking up, I saw they life support buoy. It floats at the surface and sends down electricity, air, and internet. It also serves as a hangout for about 500 fish!
Well It is almost Monday now, so I need to get some sleep for tomorrow's adventures.