Roatan: Summer 2018

Day 9 - June 10 - Project Dives and night snorkel

Today was a full day. We began with a morning dive to Bikini Bottom, where we saw a lot of fish and other sea life. Our afternoon dive was devoted to the student’s research projects. The projects, all having to do with the Sharpnose Puffer, included diversity over different bottom types (coral versus sand), diet, presence of disease, and abundance by depth. The groups did well and collected a lot of data. After the dive, the group headed back out to Bailey’s Key to select coral heads for the night snorkel. While snorkeling, each buddy pair selected a coral head and inventoried all the organisms present during the day time. They then marked their coral head with a color-coded set of glow sticks. After dinner (and dark) we returned to Bailey’s Key. The students located their coral head and then repeated the inventory, so they could see how things changed from the day-time community to the night community.