August 1, 2016
After a day at Soper’s weathering out the storm, we had a wake up of 8 a.m. to start the day. The staff moved the boats to water up while students made breakfast. Once everything was finished, we left Soper’s to go to Diamond Cay off of Jost Van Dyke. The wind was rather strong so we reefed our sails. The sail was speedy and was made extra fun because of the strong winds which made for exciting sailing.
Once we got to Diamond Cay, we relaxed for a bit and then went to shore for a seagrass lesson! We learned about the different types of seagrass and how they impact the habitat. Afterwards, we went on a short hike to the bubbly pools! In the bubbly pools, we saw teeny, tiny sergeant majors no bigger than pinky nails and golf ball-sized sea urchins. Everyone got to climb the rocks as well and fun was had by all.
Once back to our boats, we started turtling shifts. Sadly, we didn’t catch any turtles but we saw a few massive green turtles and other amazing fish varieties. After turtling, we relaxed and the crews swam between boats to hang out until it was time for showers and dinner. Following dinner, we slowly powered down with a special boat meeting and got excited in preparation to head to White Bay tomorrow!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.