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Bermuda Field Course 2013 :: Daily Report

Day 07 | Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today we visited Boiler reefs to survey the species richness of the coral community. We laid transects along the reefs and took photo quadrats that we are analyzing tonight. We took two boats to two different sites to compare the different coral species percent coverage. The boat ride out to the sites allowed us to see more of the island, including the beautiful mansions on the cliffs and the fantastic landscape of Bermuda. The sea was rough and some of us were feeling pretty seasick on the boat ride to the sites, but once we got into the water we remembered that it was all worth it. The coral went on for long stretches along the seabed, and it was teeming with colorful fish, including many parrotfish. As soon as we got out of the boat, our group saw an octopus in the sand slinking from one rocky outcrop to the next. I have always wanted to see an octopus in the wild, and I still can’t believe I finally saw one. After we conducted our surveys, we had free time to explore everything else the reef had to offer. Experiences like these have really allowed people of two different cultures to bond over our shared love of marine biology. Some of us haven’t been able to study abroad while at UNCW, so taking this course with students from Southampton and getting to experience Bermuda has been our first adventure overseas.

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