Location: Mountain Point, British Virgin Islands
Our day started off with a quick breakfast of cereal and moved into our first marine bio class. We were then allowed to go on our turtle tagging adventure. We began by strapping ropes to the dinghies, putting on our snorkel gear, and holding on for dear life. As we zoomed around Mt. Point, we saw a lot of marine life, but it didn’t seem like we would see any turtles. After a full circle, we began to head back. Cold and disappointed, we lazily drifted behind the dinghy. As we approached Ocean Star, we saw the other group was sporadic and excited. They saw a large green turtle (uncommon in the region). As we began our pursuit, two more turtles came into view. Knowing that we had to choose, we chose the larger of the three. After about fifteen minutes, the turtle stopped moving at the bottom in at least sixty feet of water and stayed there. After waiting for a bit, we decided to drop the small dinghy anchor to encourage the turtle to move. It worked, and she began to crawl toward the shallows. At about forty feet, Reese dove and grabbed her. Unfortunately, she beat him against a rock, and she bolted out of range. After this pre-lunch adventure, we ate lunch, and the crew broke up into two groups (open water and advanced). We ended the day with a spectacular dinner of Shephard’s Pie and a colorful fish slide show complete with blennies galore.