Marine Ecology at Glover's Atoll
18.11.2012 - 24.11.2012
Living on a Caribbean island surrounded by coral reefs for five days was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. All those fresh coconuts to be shelled and ground, all those snorkeling trips, all that fresh fish to eat, those sunrises and sunsets—it really was a chore. Man, I’ve got it pretty rough down here, huh?
Enough sarcasm. That was the essence of the week. Besides a few lectures interspersed throughout the week, I spent most of the time snorkeling out on the reef. We even got to go out and check out the reef at night. The nocturnal species are just as exciting as the rest. I saw an awesome comb jelly called a Sea Walnut. I don’t have pictures of that one, but look it up. It has several rows of cilia that refracted the light of my flashlight and produced an undulating rainbow pattern. Awesome, right? This whole week was awe-inspiring. I am surely blessed to have had an opportunity to see the second biggest barrier reef in the world before it disappears. It is not certain, but 70% of the world’s reefs are already gone. My teacher told us to tell all our friends and loved ones, if they want to, to see them before they’re gone. Anyway, the pictures that I’ll put up tell most of the story, so just check them out.
This is my last post in Belize. The semester has been one of most fun, most educational, and most life altering four months of my life. I have much to do in the world if I am truly to care for God’s creation. Creation Care Study Program certainly lived up to its name. There are a thousand more stories to be told than I have reported on this blog. Catch up with me stateside if you want to hear them!