Jan 21, 2013
Grey skies and a strong breeze greeted us this morning as we enjoyed breakfast. We then endeavored into the second lecture for our Research Dive specialty course where we discussed the procedure for measuring the succession of different types of corals with depth. Afterwards, recently certified diver, Noah, jumped in the dinghy with me and help me set up the transect and quadrants we would utilize for the dive. Everyone had great success as their first dives with only their buddies to rely on and some very insightful graphs revealed our hypothesized trends. As expected branching corals were found most abundant in the shallow waters while boulder like coral dominated the deeper areas. We arrived back to the boat and had quesadillas and got into MTE in which we practiced tying a variety of knots and furthered our knowledge of O-star’s rigging and procedures for underway passage. During shower time an old friend of Ocean Star’s stopped by, Delivereance. This boat is a local favorite as they bring candies, ice cream, sodas, ice and smiles among other things. The windsurfer was also assembled and taken out for a test run. Dinner clean up has commenced and the students eagerly anticipate an evening learning about seamanship back in the day according to the legendary Irving and Exy Johnson as they ‘Round Cape Horn’, which our dinghy’s are affectionately named after.