For my algae density experiments, my group is working at a beach that has been nicknamed Sailing School. Kids in Mo’orea learn how to sail at a little outdoor school that is at this beach (hence the nickname), and we get into the water alongside little French Polynesian kids and their sailboats. Because I spend so much time here doing experiments with algae, I’ve had a chance to snap a few photos of the place.
We’re not the only ones using Sailing School as a study site. Another group of MBQ students is working right next to our site at a slightly deeper depth, and we are often out doing work at the same time. One day we decided to harass this diver and take underwater pictures while he was trying to get his experiment done.
The reef edge
Snorkeling along the reef edge
Sunlight streaming down on the reef
Taking notes and collecting algae
Taking my fins off after an afternoon swimming around the reef
The spot where we get in the water to do our algae research project
Justin and our T.A. Sarah setting up plots for our Turbinaria density experiments
This flower was floating on the water as my group member and I were getting in the water to look for new patches of algae to set up a nutrient limitation experiment.
This turtle swam by our study site.
We stayed a little late one day collecting algae for an herbivory experiment, and we got to see the beginning of the sunset. I came up for air to this spectactual view of the clouds and edge of the bay.
My group member Justin ready to jump in at our work site
Sea anemone tentacles from the bottom of the ocean
Bubbles from 30 ft below the surface
Where the reef drops off at Sailing School