Our first full day on Catalina was filled with a lot of learning and new experiences. We woke to a little overcast that cleared by 9:00 a.m. I understand that mainland weather was overcast with morning drizzle. I'm the chaperone for study group one, and we began our day with lab rotations rotating between the fish lab, shark lab, and algae lab. Students enjoyed watching the bald eagles nesting in a large tree outside the classrooms.
After lunch, we went kayaking. It is interesting watching students attempt to paddle as well as steer a kayak. I'm in a single kayak, and the experience of kayaking with students must be what a cattle drive is like. I find myself using my kayak to bump the front and rear of students' kayaks in order to keep them in something that resembles a group. The highlight of the trip was seeing baby dolphins swim under us. Students would say their highlight was tipping each other and swimming from kayak to kayak.
This evening, my group along with groups two and three went to the Marine Mammal lab class. Groups four, five, and six did the Creatures of the Night lab class. After our active day, most students fell asleep by 9:15 p.m. tonight.
Students wrote letters to parents, and parents should receive them by Thursday or Friday.
We're having better luck posting pictures on our blog this year with the dial-up internet service available at the marine institute, so continue to check the blog.
- Mr. B