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Location: Underway to St. Barth

This morning, despite the rain, the Ocean Star crew could not be deterred from their mission: body surfing! Barbuda has a beautiful coastline with fine white sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. After our quick jaunt on the beach to meet up with our guide for the frigate bird tour the day before, it quickly became obvious that the soft white dunes and turquoise waves were perfect for some body surfing action. Armed with only GoPro’s, the crew braved the rain and was rewarded with a little bit of sunshine. After a delicious chickpea salad lunch, most of the students joined Stephanie for a plankton tow. Students used the microscope onboard and a few plankton ID books to identify some of the specimens collected. Meanwhile, Abby and Michaela continued on with their rescue diver training, braving a current to practice their search patterns. In the end, it was the expanding square that lead them to victory and the elusive “missing weight belt. Things onboard quieted down just before dinner as the time was used to catch up on some studying as the evening study hours were to be taken up by watches as we ventured onward to our next destination. Ocean Star was finally underway towards St. Barth around 1930 under a beautiful blanket of stars…