Thursday, 21 May 2015.
It’s diving day! Our day started with Dr. Robbie Smith and Dr. Sarkas coming to speak with us about the local reef systems. Bermuda has three major reef zones: Outer fore-reefs, Rim reefs, and patch reefs. These reefs protect the island from major wave energy lowering the amount of erosion from major storms affecting Bermuda’s coasts.
Dr. Sarkas focused on individuals’ willingness to pay for conservation of these reefs as well as detailing how the cruise ship, The Norwegian Dawn, affected the reef that it struck upon losing power. Following some discussion led by Brandon and Khadijah, we packed onto the bus and headed over to Grotto Bay to meet with Triangle Dive.
Once aboard, we headed to our first site: The Pelanion Wreck. Everyone suited up in preparation for the first dive of the trip. After diving at the Pelanion, we headed to our second dive site: The Cathedral. We spent roughly an hour at each. I, as well as two others, were able to snorkel and free dive at these sites instead of diving. The weather was perfect for both dives and while waiting for the divers to surface, those that snorkeled were able to swim freely and enjoy the water.
Later that evening, we all cleaned up and headed over to Rustico for a formal dinner with Mr. Jim Babcock, Dean Woolfolk, and the members of BAMZ that helped make our week run smoothly: Camilla, Dr. Walker, and Richard. The dinner was a nice way to relax and enjoy a night off from discussions with everyone and gave us the ability to personally thank Mr. Jim Babcock for his dedication to our department and helping all of us have this amazing opportunity to study abroad.