Location: Motu Maharare, Tahaa, French Polynsia
Today was just like any other day on Argo, filled with adventure, learning, and fun! But we started off the day with a special breakfast, biscuits, and gravy made by Lindsay! It was clear from the oohs and aahs of the crew that this day was already off to a great start. We then snorkeled at the Coral River at Motu Maharare. It was incredible because we started at the river’s end and simply allowed the current to take us past coral, sea cucumbers, and more species of fish than we could imagine! The pass was so shallow that we could literally swim with the fish around us. Students ran into schools of brightly colored fish, eels, and even octopuses! Also, Griffin successfully cracked open a coconut with nothing but ingenuity & brute human force.
The rest of the day consisted of a marine biology class, in which we learned that cephalopods are incredibly strange and cool. We also had a delicious curry and naan dinner and our first oceanography class at night. My squeeze question tonight was, “If you could have one food item come out of your belly button, what would it be and why?” I always love the answers to this question, and the crew did not disappoint. Answers ranged from canned tuna (without the can, of course) to raw bacon. Another memorable day abroad, Argo!
P.S. Shoutout to my lovely parents, the B.F., and the Fantastic Four!