Finally, we spent our last day in the field exploring reefs near Carrie Bow Cay to find new sites to expand our dataset even further. We dove on three new (to us) reefs that looked very promising for our next trip back to the Carrie Bow Cay field station. We have packed up our 300 pounds of gear and are waiting for our boat ride back to Dangriga where we will stay the night before our trip back to Florida tomorrow. It’s bittersweet having to leave Carrie Bow after the week. It’s a beautiful place and a wonderful station to work at. We could not have been so successful without all the great support from our captain, Earl, station managers Scott and Lisa, and of course our wonderful cook Martha who made sure we were always well fed and ready to take on the day. So, although it’s sad to say goodbye and return back to real life, it feels great to have everything and more completely done and dusted.
Check out our Flickr album for more images from the trip and stay turned for updates on Ryan's analyses of the coral samples collected during this mission. Click on the embedded links to learn more about FAU Harbor and CIOERT.
Post written by Ryan Eckert.