11 Jan 2015 – Day 2 in the Books!

Day two was a big learning day for us down here in sunny Jamaica. Joe kicked off the afternoon with a short quiz and an interesting lecture on coral bio. Once we wrapped up the lecture we put on our gear, grabbed our cameras and hit the reef for some hands on work in the field. Today’s snorkel mission was to identify as many organisms as possible, work on learning their scientific names and bring some specimens back to the wet lab for further examination. The professors made it a point to pop their heads up every so often and explain what exactly we were looking at. Brad even picked up a Donkey Dung Sea Cucumber (Holothuria Mexicana) and passed it around.

Brad sea cucumber

Sea cucumber hot potato

After snorkeling Brad put things into perspective for us with a lecture on the overview of ecological thought. Dinner was next and the trend of fantastic dinners continued. After dinner we made our way to the wet lab for some more sea grass scraping and to ID some of the peculiar specimens we collected, like this West Indian Sea Egg Urchin (Tripneustes ventricosus) and Banded-Arm Brittle Star (Ophioderma appressum).

Echinoderm Buddies

Echinoderm buddies

TO BE CONTINUED……………………. – Stathi

10 thoughts on “11 Jan 2015 – Day 2 in the Books!

  1. Hey Stath, looking good in wet suit. Looks like you are learning a lot about the marine life in the Caribbean. The weather here is really, really yucky! Loving all the posts on the blog, keep them coming. Moose says hi.

  2. Stathi have fun and enjoy the diving can’t wait to hear all about it. Moose misses you.
    I miss you too. Moochies from Georgie

  3. I don’t know what is in your hand but it looks really cool. I hope you’re enjoying the weather and the aquatic life because it’s too cold up here!

  4. It looks like you are having a lot of fun. But also I think this a tremendous opportunity to learn and advance your knowledge. Take lots of pictures.

  5. Stathi, looks like you’ve gotten a chance to experience something amazing with this class (not to mention an escape from winter)! Have fun, but be sure to glean every ounce of information you can. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for you… Love you!

  6. Wow this is incredible! Looks like you’re gaining some great hands on experience. I can’t wait to see more pictures. Keep up the good work. Miss you!
    P.S.-Congrats on being officially scuba certified! Please do not pet the sharks…

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