Location: English Harbour, Antigua

This morning was a test in crew efficiency, as we had to be packed and ready to go to Stingray City by 8:15. We almost made it but were grateful for our taxi driver, Eric, and his patience while we scrambled to get ready for our next adventure. By 9:30, we were in the ocean swimming with stingrays. Although we get to do amazing things every day on this trip, there doesn’t seem to be a limit to our awe. We discovered that stingrays are surprisingly friendly when you’re holding a squid in your hand and surprisingly soft, for lack of a better word, when they brush past you in the water.

After Stingray City, we spent the afternoon studying for our Seamanship midterm, relaxing, and enjoying a long lunch out at the dockyard restaurant. We met for dinner (chicken parmesan, hard-living on Ocean Star), then took our exam and turned in to rest before the next crazy adventure.