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Bermuda Field Course 2011 :: Daily Report

Day 02 | Friday, March 11, 2011

We started out the morning at orientation and learned more about the geology and history of Bermuda, as well as some of the unique aspects that come along with living on an island.  For example, the "low maintenance" residential water storage and treatment facilities. Each home is required to trap rainwater from the roof and store it in underground tanks beneath the house, and is then disinfected with bleach and kept free of mosquito and fly larvae by introducing guppies  into the tanks. After the orientation, we walked to Whale Bone Bay to snorkel and explore the area. The bay was teeming with life including sea cucumbers, parrotfish, angelfish, sea hare, and we even caught a glimpse of an octopus!  Although the bay was beautiful, the shoreline was littered with plastic, broken glass, and other debris.  Even though Bermuda seems like a paradise from afar, witnessing this level of marine pollution really reminded us all of the severity of anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment. Tomorrow we are all looking forward to teaming up with our fellow Southhampton students to begin our mangrove and seagrass research.

- Laura, Rachel & Renee

uncw and southampton students at whalebone bay
UNCW and Southampton students at Whalebone Bay

ready to get in!
Ready to get in!

sea cucumber
Sea cucumber

octopus
Octopus

plastic debris on beach
Plastic debris on beach

uncw students after first snorkel
UNCW students after first snorkel

 

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