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Location: Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Waking up in Bequia the air was cool and misty in contrast to the past few previous stops on our journey. With dark clouds moving in and scattered showers, we enjoyed a cozy breakfast down below in our dry pajamas. This morning we had fresh fruit with yogurt, granola, toast, and jam. After breakfast cleanup, I hosted a seamanship study hall session to prepare for the student’s IYT International Crew Course certifying exam in about 10 days from now! This exam will cover things like sail handling, boat safety, emergency procedures, and more. Afterwards, Ben gave a marine biology lecture on arthropods and echinoderms, which was followed up with a bit more free time to work on classwork before lunch. For lunch, the chefs (Rocco, Evan, and Alev) prepared rice bowls with black beans, refried beans (a Rocco specialty), and lots of veg. After lunch, we continued on with a more Bequia-specific activity. For those who do not know, whaling is engrained in Bequia’s culture. Each year the Bequian people are given a maximum quota of 4 whales to be hunted for cultural practice. The meat is distributed throughout the community and the bones are carved into artwork. This afternoon, we debated the merits of Bequian whaling from the perspectives of environmental organizations (like Green Peace and Sea Shepards) and local whalers and community members. Ultimately, we concluded that the topic is complicated and multifacted- taking into account cultural signficance and environmental concerns. Afterwards, we prepared for a fun dive led by Evan as part of his Dive Master candidacy. Evan did a great job leading his first dive. I joined the dive as well and saw a really funny looking fish which, after desrcribing it to Heather, I learned was a spotted drum. Zoe took some great photos on her GoPro which we will include in this post! After the dive, we continued on with our nightly rituals- ocean showers, sunset dinner, squeeze, and cleanup! We go to bed looking forward to a fun day exploring the town tomorrow. Cheers!

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