Saturday, May 12, 2007

Our first days in Guam

We have survived Guam and are back on the water doing what we do best! On Wednesday the ship tied up at the naval pier in Apra Harbor on the west side of the island. It was nice to have a few days to relax off the ship and get our land legs back. While some people stayed on the ship a goodly number ended up getting hotel rooms and taking a little time off in and around Tumon Bay on the west side of the island.

Wednesday night we returned to the Fish Bowl, one of our favorite establishments from our last stay in Guam, where a good time was had by all. The next day we spent a good deal of our time by the pool at the hotel, making good use of the water slide and hot tub.

On Friday Ben gave a short talk at the University of Guam Marine lab where he presented the towed-diver fish protocols and gave an overview of our mission and project. The twenty or so members of the audience seemed to enjoy the presentation and asked a goodly number of well thought questions.

Today we are back on the water not too worse for wear and have completed a number of surveys along the west side of the island. While not nearly as nice as Wake, the coral cover in this area has been impressive and it is awfully nice to be able to spend two hours in the water without need of a wet suit.


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