Location: Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
Today was a great day! I woke the team up by playing “Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. After breakfast, we were visited by the St. Lucia SSMA, basically the marine life protectors around the island. They have been visiting Ocean Star for many years, and it was very cool to see how they built an exemplary marine protection system. Then Peter from SMMA took us on a very exciting wall dive where most of us descended to 99 feet, a new record. For our Advanced Open Water deep dive. While down there, we checked out a fishing cage that had fresh banana and mango inside of it. We found that to be interesting bait. The dive was really amazing. It was cool to be down that deep and realize the immense depth of the volcanic wall that just kept dropping well below us to the ocean floor. Near the end of our dive, Stef pointed out the cutest juvenile smooth trunkfish. If you don’t know what that looks like, I suggest you take the time to look it up. VERY CUTE.
Next, we ate lunch and got underway to Marigot Bay. We motored around the island and are now moored in a new bay. While Carolyn, Jon, and Amanda navigated, we had Marine Biology with Amy, where we learned about fish circulation and reproduction. Once we arrived, we found out that we would be able to use marine bathrooms! We got nice showers onshore for the first time in over a month, and it was very refreshing. Then we ate dinner, which included some fresh local baguettes. We’re all very excited for the night out that will begin in an hour or so. Hopefully, everyone keeping up with the blog had a great day too!
Pictured: 1. Pitons 2. Squad underway 3. Jon is looking fresh 4. Nice sunset 🙂 5. Sunglasses cleaning party