Biology the Way It Should Be Taught
Dan Eddelman ’10 - Today started off with breakfast at . That sounds kind of early by standards back home, but the sun goes down at night here around 6:30, and comes up around 5:30 or so. After breakfast we took a little time to get changed, and then had a short lecture about coral reefs to prepare us for the day’s snorkels. If you can even call it lecture; taking notes in nothing but swim trunks from the professor lecturing barefoot in a small classroom overlooking the ocean is hardly a lecture in the way I’m used to it. Anyway, turns out the barrier reef here is second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in
In photo, a spotted sea hare found near the dock.
Keegan Gelvoria – ’10. Today, on another day at the office, we swam to a patch reef on the southern side of the island. We walked off the beach and swam through patches of turtle grass, glazing over the habitat we already observed yesterday. When we arrived to the patch reef, we were able to see a larger diversity of corals than the other patches of reef. Amongst all the coral, there was a variety of marine organisms. Since the waves that were cresting from the reef were so close, it was able to move us off our course quite easily. So, we swam around the western end of the island to an area of turtle grass to see another type of habitat. At this part, we saw upside-down jellyfish, animals which are exactly as their name describes. We also saw quite a bit of donkey dung sea cucumbers, which are not the prettiest animals of the sea. After another delicious meal at the research center, we took a boat out past the Smithsonian research island, Carrie Bow Caye. We reached our destination, which was another patch reef. This patch reef was a bit different than the patch reef from the morning because it was more pelagic. Organisms in this area were a bit larger. I accidentally brushed up on some fire coral that still seemed to penetrate through my rash guard; there was a sharp stinging sensation on the area for a while. We saw so many different types of invertebrates during these two snorkeling sessions; sun anemones, cushion sea star, brain corals, and branching vase sponge are just a small percentage of what we saw. This center is a great place because there are currently three different academic programs visiting:
In photo, reef habitat with much coral diversity.