Location: Similan Islands, Thailand
Overall today was a pretty relaxed day. After breakfast, those who were scuba certified pre-Seamester went on their own adventure while the rest of us (most of us at least) got a jump on the fish IDs we have to do for Marine Biology. It is actually pretty enjoyable to find pictures of the fish we have seen while diving and finally be able to name some of them. I really feel that combining the classes we are taking with our day to day experiences makes each thing we learn much more satisfying. I know a little sign language so I started teaching my dive partner, Anna, the alphabet and some words. It’s been working out really great because when we see a fish we can tell each other what we are looking at! While we were doing our homework, someone shouted down to the saloon that there was a whale shark! The mad rush up those stairs was pretty comical as everyone tried to make out if they had heard “whale shark” correctly or what was going on that was causing such a ruckus. When those of us who were down below made it on deck we could make a massive dark animal in the water. Of course then the debate began of whether it was a whale shark, leopard shark, or the world’s largest ray. The marine animal ID books all came off the shelf as people pointed at what they thought it was. The group consensus: whale shark.