Early this morning, the crew woke up to the sounds of Jack Johnson drifting through the speakers and the smell of our chefs putting together amazing fried egg breakfast sandwiches. After eating and a quick clean up, we threw our dive kit together and headed over to the dock for a morning of guided dives with Golden Rock Dive Center. Our captain and dive leader, Glenn, did not disappoint taking us to the sunken Taiwanese commercial fishing vessel Chien Tong, now serving as an artificial reef and home for sea turtles, all kinds of fish, and a couple of massive barracuda! We then explored a maze of sunken debris and swam with the stingrays and checked out the massive lobsters hunkered down in their shelter. After what many described as the best dives of the trip so far, the crew pitched in helping Glenn (who was working solo) dock his dive boat and offload the dive cylinders we used, which he appreciated greatly. The remainder of the day was spent studying, catching up on rest, and hiding from the massive rainstorms that passed over Statia in the afternoon, giving our floating home a very thorough freshwater rinse. Following dinner, the crew had their final OCE lecture with Annemarie, after which, many stayed up working on research papers before falling into bed to rest up before the Quill hike in the morning and our sail to Saba tomorrow afternoon.
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