05/15/17/French Cay/8am

We woke up to such a gloomy day. I didn’t know how this was going to effect our diving because today was our last dive! It started raining a little but it actually was better because I needed a break from the sun. We set out for French Cay, where our first dive site was called G-spot with a depth of  60 ft. There was only half of the class on the boat, which made it a little easier moving around and getting our gear on. Because it was our last dive, we did not have any skills to preform. This meant that we could spend more time looking at marine life and trying to identify new species. This dive spot had a lot more soft corals and barrel sponges. A new organism I saw was a lion fish. They look amazing, but they are actually quite an invasive species. I also saw a juvenile spotted drum, which was a lot smaller in size then I expected! Its so cool to actually see the marine life we studied in class and what they actually looked like. We set out for our maximum depth to be 60ft, but because we were Alozee’ we were able to reach 73ft diving off the coral wall.

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We then set off to our second dive site, Double D. This dive spot was by far the prettiest we have been to. While diving we spotted two Moral Eels , which were hiding under coral and popping their heads out. As I got closer to look at them, I noticed their behavior changed, They kept opening and closing their moths showing me their little teeth. This seemed to be a defense mechanism warning me to keep away. We also saw sharks just swimming about, and I am now getting more comfortable being around them. Bill one of our dive instructors, said that the reef sharks around this area are very territorial, so I am glad I was at a pretty good distance away.

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This was by far the best dive I have ever had. Before I ascended to the surface, I made sure to just stop what I was doing and take nice deep breaths while looking at the ocean floor. I wanted to take it all in and make a photographic memory in my head of everything underneath us. The coral reef is so amazing and you really cant imagine it until you first hand witnessed it. It is like a little city of bustling fish and organisms that all coexist to make their marine ecosystem. A huge thanks to everyone at Aqua TCI for training such a large group of us, and helping me overcome my fear of diving. It has been truly an amazing experience that I will remember forever.

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