Location: Tobago Cays, Grenadines
It was a late Sunday morning start on Ocean Star this morning, waking up at 8 o’clock. We ate a filling breakfast of biscuits in an almost-cake form before moving into a VHF radio lecture. We had free time until lunch, which was some delicious grilled cheeses and tomato soup. Following lunch, my Oceanography research group needed to collect samples, so we went to one of the nearby beaches. Upon arrival, we thought the island looked a bit barren, but it turned out to be the opposite. While snorkeling, we saw all kinds of large multicolored parrotfishes as well as scorpion (the ones that blend into the rocks). There were also large schools of fish in various sizes, from a few inches to a foot long. I was exiting the water onto the island when Roger got my attention, saying, “Hey man, there is a little nurse shark over here!”. I walked over and stood in about a foot of water looking for this shark with Roger and Captain Smudge without success. As we turned around to walk out of the water, we spotted the little guy in about 6 inches of water in the tidal surge before he darted away.
After our return to Ocean Star, we set up the main boom to be used as a rope swing, “the boom swing.” We played around with the boom swing for around an hour, attempting a variety of tricks and having a great time. Dinner was amazing; Marina made green coconut curry and rice with homemade Naan. I think we’ve seen over ten turtles today, within close proximity of the boat, not something you see every day.