Sun, Sand… and Science! (Day 1)

Our Bahamas trip started off with an overnight stay in lovely Naussau, where we stayed in an amazing hotel and were treated to a delicious three course meal. Early next morning, we were off to San Salvador, beginning our exciting journey. We flew in to the smallest airport I have ever seen, and hopped on to an open roof truck with all our luggage and drove on over to the Gerace Research Center. Once we got settled in to the modest, yet cozy dorm rooms, the group met up to get ready to head out and explore beautiful San Sal. Equipped with brand new field notebooks, fish ID cards, and underwater slates, we took a quick trip to a nearby beach, where we snorkelled until the sun went down. We saw Bahamian coral for the first time; both live and dead, mostly dead… which is great for our hypothesis, however not so great for the poor fish! After our first field day, all three groups’ projects were already in full force since we started working right away, into the late hours of the night. Who knew us scholars students would be working so hard! (jk)

-Ayesha

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