After a beautiful, bug-free, and breezy night, our day started off as a peaceful Sunday morning with some much needed unscheduled time. Most people caught up on sleep, played cards, or did some extra work on presentations or research projects.This left many groups scattered in local areas such as Dump Reef, North Point, the GRC or huddled in the air conditioned lab room assigned to Witt. However, our lucky divers got to experience two deep-water dives to The Wall and Runway 10. The Wall dive was to 70 feet and Runway 10 was around 50 feet. During their dive they got to see huge barrel sponges, a large Caribbean spiny lobster eating a snail, and a 10 foot reef shark. As our morning came to a close, we all gathered back at the GRC for some delicious lunch. Even though it was great, some of us couldn’t help but dream about the fresh, local conch fritters we ate the night before.
As we gathered to load on the bus after our lunch break, it was clear how the different research projects had progressed by the various equipment, destination, and sampling techniques being used. The truck was loaded with quadrats, collection buckets, tape measures, super suckers and the usual snorkel gear.
In the evening we continued group phylum presentations, learning about plants and arthropods. It is odd to think that we will be leaving this place so soon. At least for us, San Salvador and the GRC have become a hot and sandy, yet gorgeous, home away from home.
-written by Lauren Bien ’11 & Emily Dick ’13