Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wet & Wonderful Wednesday

What could be better than starting your day with a dolphin kiss? The group got to enjoy a dolphin encounter, including touching and "holding" a dolphin. After our one-on-one encounter, we all got to swim in the dolphin lagoon and frolicked with dolphins as they investigated turtle grass and empty shells that we used to entice them in for a closer look. We even got to see the 2-day old calf with its mother. A true once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After our dolphin experience, we went out for a snorkel/dive where we saw crabs, lobsters, tunicates, and beautiful fishes. We all collected bits of algae and brought it back to the boat where we learned about these important ocean plants and the different types that can be found on the reef. We learned that some can actually indicate ecosystem damages caused by human actions that end up causing changes on the reef.

We finished the exciting day by going for an tide pool walk at the western tip of Roatan. We found sea urchins and brittle sea stars under every rock. We even saw a scorpionfish hanging out in 6 inches of water, waiting for an unsuspecting prey to come to close to this expert at camouflage.

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