Swimming with the SHARKS!

This morning we traveled to UNEXSO to really plan out what we would be doing for our sculpture. We gathered together outside of the classroom to brainstorm on paper out ideas for the concept of the project. Then we took all of our ideas, hung them up on the wall, and discussed them. It really was a great idea to see everyone’s ideas come together. We still aren’t sure what we decided to do for sure yet but that is to be decided tomorrow. We got a LOT of ideas flowing. It all depends on what the plastic is capable of.
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After the discussion and brainstorming, we got on a UNEXSO boat and they took us out to snorkel. This really did help us get a better understanding of how the coral reef is organized and how the ecosystem works. I know that sounds crazy, but it really was a good way to get further hands-on research. Brandon especially was talking about the sculpture off and on during the snorkeling trip. He was like… “I realized we were building coral wrong this whole time. It’s totally different”.
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We snorkeled at the coral reef for a little bit but then we hopped back into the boat and moved to a different location and snorkeled above a ship wreck. We looked down and there were over 11 sharks at the bottom of the water. Some people were a little frightened but we were assured that they wouldn’t do anything to us. It was really exciting in a frightening way.
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2 thoughts on “Swimming with the SHARKS!

  1. I’m so proud of you all! Think back from where you all started on Sunday afternoon in the pool to snorkeling Owl’s Hole and then in the open OCEAN! For some of you whom have never been on a boat, let alone in the ocean, you took to snorkeling like little fish. I hope this inspires you to get certified to scuba dive.

    UNEXSO provided you with a once in a lifetime experience to see that many sharks at once in the wild. As you know, shark populations have declined 90% in the last ten years. There are very few left in the world to see. People travel far and wide and spend lots of money to see sharks. The fact some of you overcame fear and/or seasickness to snorkel with sharks totally rocks! Big kudos to you all.

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