We started Wednesday morning with a discussion on ecotourism. It was a good brainstorming session on how we all interpret the term “ecotourism” and we’ll all be keeping this in the back of our minds as we progress through this trip. Then we learned about photo-identification – now we are really excited to get in the water with dolphins. It is cool to know that Kel can recognize so many individual dolphins.
In the afternoon, we headed to the beach to practice snorkeling – but just as we arrived, the rain arrived, so we headed back to the hotel for a few minutes. Take 2 was a bigger success. For some of us, it was our first time snorkeling! We saw a surprising variety of fish and one or two yellow rays. Walking back, wet and in the rain, the swim seemed that much warmer!
It was pretty sweet to hear Kel describe the recent beaked whale stranding. Obviously it was not a good story for the whale, but still very interesting to hear about. We ended our day with a PBS film and although we were tired, we found ourselves in a great discussion before bed. The film was a bit older, but it was great to see where some of the current wild behavioral research began!
What will tomorrow bring?
“Bobby & The Bimini Babes” (SHU 2013)