I’ve seen a lot of fish on this trip, and decided to throw a few of my favorite fish pics (ignore the turtle) to show a sample of what kinds of critters I got to swim with during my time in Mo’orea.
Our turtle friend who lived on the edge of the reef at Sailing School. We would see this guy around while we did our algae experiments.
On our last day of doing field work for the algae project, I was doing fish surveys and saw this puffer fish swim by. It swam for cover once I started sticking my camera in its face.
On our first (and only) day off in Mo’orea, a few of us went to a beautiful beach called Temae, which had a ton of really beautiful fish.
Damselfish hiding in an anemone at Sailing School.
Damselfish in their anemone home (from below).
For our project on the effects of dredging, we did surveys of a reef in one of the bays on the north side of the island. I laid my transect tape right next to this cryptic, poisonous stone fish, and didn’t even notice how close I had been to its deadly spines until I swam back over it.
Fish feeding at Sailing School.
Damselfish at the edge of the reef at Sailing School.
Feeding our tuna fish sandwiches to the stingrays at the beach during our lunch break.
Planet of the stingrays
Some nights after dinner, a few of us MBQ-ers will head out to the docks to look at the stars and soak in the Southern Hemisphere constellations. Here are a few shots that I’ve gotten, including views of the sky and some experimentation with long-exposure photography.
Playing with long-exposure, I tried to get a shot of my friend Irrawaddy taking a picture of the night sky. She moved before the shutter closed, and I ended up with her ghostly imprint on the photo
Most nights, we head out to the docks after dinner to see the stars. This is a view across Cook’s Bay with a silhouette of the mountains on the other side of the bay.
A few of us walked up the hill at Gump one night to get a good view of the moon rising over the bay. On the way up, we stopped to take pictures of the stars, partly blocked by the palm trees that line the path up the hill.
Late-night moonrise over Cook’s Bay
Playing with glow-sticks and long exposure.
The Milky Way as seen from the dock behind the dive lockers at Gump
Once we got to the top of the hill to take our photos of the night sky, we heard a rustling in the bushes and saw Skippy, the station dog, coming out of the bushes. He had followed us up the hill from the dorms by the ocean, and was very interested in our cameras. I tried to take a selfie with him, but he was moving around and making me laugh too much.
My angelic dive buddy
A few of us decided to show off our spelling skills. Turns out the Bruins know how to write the abbreviated name of our university.
Flower of fairy, I can’t decide.
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