Rays, Barracuda and Fire Coral...Oh My!
Shane Harmon '10-Thursday, Day 5 at South Water
After the snorkel, four of us swam over to the nearest island, Carrie Bow Caye. We had finally gotten a hesitant go ahead by Dr. Wetzel after he slept on the idea and spoke with the IZE staff. The distance was about a half mile but we weren’t sure how strong the currents would be in the middle of the channel so a few guys kayaked just in case anyone got in trouble. The swim out wasn’t too bad except for the point when I suddenly reached a wall of coral. I was just cruising along and when I looked up I saw the tops of coral all around exposed by the waves. We hadn’t realized that the barrier reef extended so far in and by taking the shortest line to Carrie Bow Caye we ran right into it. There was no way through so we had to swim around it. Coming back was much more of a challenge as we had to fight the current and waves the whole way. The swells kept flooding my snorkel and the current forced regular adjustments to our line. We all got swept a little far out by the current forcing a tough swim straight into it, but we made it back unassisted to celebrate out success. I’m looking forward to our snorkel at the fore-reef and project presentations tomorrow to put a great end to our stay on the island.
In photo, beach area on South Water Caye; the island on which we stayed