Location: Pigeon Island, Guadeloupe
As usual, today was another great day on Ocean Star. After waking up and having breakfast, we had a brief OCB class about coral reefs. As soon as that was over, we began our day of diving. We had the lucky opportunity of diving at Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive spot. The first set of diving was for our OCB and OCE classes where we did a reef check, collecting data about the reefs in the area, after the reef check we did a little exploring and saw the underwater statue of Jacque Cousteau. We then came back to the boat and had about a 45-minute break while the 2nd reef check group began their dive. The rest of the day was the opportunity to work on our group research projects, which for my group and one other meant more diving. Both groups completed a dive during the day for their research projects and then had a break for grilled burgers for dinner and were right back out there diving again, this time at night. At night the dive sight looked entirely different; the abundance of reef fish had disappeared and been replaced with tons of lobster, fluorescent corals, and an octopus. That completed all the diving for the day, but we were then given the option to go dive the same spot again at 5:30 the next morning. It looks like it’s going to be an early morning, so it’s definitely time for bed.