Location: Admiralty Bay, Bequia
The sunshine spilling over the beautiful mountains marked the beginning of our last full day in Bequia. Our chefs of the day, Wallace and Mark, started us off with a taste bud pleasing meal of huevos rancheros (scrambled eggs loaded with vegetables). We promptly put together SCUBA gear and headed to a nearby site for the navigation-training dive, number three of five before gaining the Advanced Open Water certification. Students spotted colorful organisms during their dives, from an octopus to flounder and long-spine sea urchins! After returning to Ocean Star, an Oceanography quiz was taken, and a scheduling meeting during which some of the students get to plan out the daily classes and activities took place, all before lunch. The bacon for BLT sandwiches could be heard sizzling and smelled throughout the boat, so everyone was drooling by the time our food was brought up. After feeling adequately satiated, the students piled down in the saloon for a Marine biology lecture on marine fishes. This lecture provided some helpful details supporting a previous lecture on fish identification, knowing characteristics and behaviors that distinguish different fish help when seeing them during dives or snorkeling, and trying to remember ways to identify it later. Everyone was excited to have the rest of the afternoon off for studying and shore time and made it back just in time for evening showers and a filling dinner of vegetable fried rice. Following clean up, the students headed down for a Student leadership and development lecture before settling in for the night to get rest before a morning of sailing.