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Bermuda

1908

In 1908, Mark Twain visited Bermuda’s Crystal Caves.

Text below Day 4 in Bermuda and we learned more about the ecosystems here on the island. My group started the day with a trip to the Bermuda Aquarium.  As we arrived there we got a private tour of the behind the scenes view of how they care for and feed the variety of animals they are responsible for. My favorite animal was the fossa, which is the top predator on the island of Madagascar. We got to see how they house all the underwater creatures and the lighting required for the corals they have. They also have massive sea turtles and tiny baby ones they are caring for until they are big and strong enough to return to the wild. After returning to BIOS we got a crash course on…
  Day 4 in Bermuda didn’t quite start out like most of us had wanted it to. Strong winds and torrential downpour woke people up throughout the night and greeted us head on during our walk to breakfast. Thankfully as we learned more about the reef system with our Coral Identification Lab this morning, the sky cleared and made way for a nice afternoon at BAMZ (Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo). We took a behind the scenes tour and got to see how the animals get admitted to the facility and put into an exhibit for the public to see, or get rehabilitated and released back into the environment. We were also one of the first to see 5 lemurs that had just arrived at BAMZ and were yet to be…
  What’s up everyone? I am 4/C Max Segatore from Plymouth, Massachusetts, in Cohort B. Today was one of the best days we have had so far on our amazing trip.  We started our day with not the usual breakfast but rather a picture with both cohorts at the docks and in front of the main building outside of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).  This photo shoot was brief, but it still meant having to get up earlier than regular to be able to stay on schedule for the great activities later in the day. After the pictures, we went to eat breakfast and pack our lunches. I made my sandwich and went to wait for the bus.  We waited for about eight minutes for the bus then we went to…
Hey, everybody!  My name is Angus McGhee from Norfolk, Massachusetts. Words can not do justice when it comes to describing the sheer beauty of Bermuda. It is hands down the coolest place I have ever visited. After eating a delicious breakfast this morning, we took a bus to Tobacco Bay where we experienced one of the best dives yet. Entering the water was a bit cold, but once I got a chance to go out to the reefs the temperature was the last thing on my mind.Tobacco Bay is littered with beautiful reefs and creatures. There were many colorful parrotfish and I got to see an octopus. Seeing one in person gives you a completely different perspective on how intelligent these creatures really…
Being here at BIOS in Bermuda has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. From snorkeling the coral reefs to jumping off cliffs, this trip has been such a great experience. Learning from professors and doctors about marine life and how to identify marine organisms is a lot of fun too. Before coming to Bermuda, I had no idea what this beautiful island had for marine life. Definitely my  favorite moment of today was cliff jumping. During the cliff jumping session, we were able to jump from a cliff into the ocean with a 30 foot drop. It was my first time jumping off cliffs and it was amazing. Instead of being scared of the experience, I decided to jump off the cliff with no fears. I…
I woke up around 7:30 in the morning. I then walked to breakfast with my two roommates and had delicious  pancakes. After that, we went into the lecture hall and worked on our final projects for about 3 hours. Once finished with that, we had burgers for lunch. Soon after we hopped on the bus and went cliff jumping. I jumped off of 4 different cliffs of different heights. I tried doing a front flip but then managed to land on my back. It hurt a lot. Then we took the long way home back to BIOS and had mac and cheese for dinner. Then ended the day off with a lecture.     
Hello all! 4/C Griffin here again. Today was a very fun day. We started off spending the first half of the day working on our projects. We are in groups making a presentation that tells everything we have seen over the course of this trip and all sorts of fun facts about them. In the afternoon, we went to two different cliff jumping spots. The water was cold at first, but once you got used to it, they were super fun. First was a 15-20 foot jump and after you do it once, you want to do it again and again. After this, we spent a little time cleaning up a local beach of plastic and swam around there where we saw an octopus and a little turtle.  Our final, and best, activity was a higher…
I woke up to the refreshing Bermudian breeze blowing through my window. I grabbed a quick shower and made my way to breakfast by around 8 o’clock. After breakfast was over, my group made our way to the bus to head over to Cooper’s island for a hike and snorkel. At Cooper’s island, we got to see bunkers that were used by the United States during World War 2 that housed various types of ammunition. After about an hour of looking at the amazing scenery, it was time to snorkel in the beautiful Bermudian water. We got to see many types of corals and fish that live by them. All in all, it was a great day and I’m sad that we are already half way done with our experiential learning…
Hello to everyone reading, my name is Marc Murphy.  I’m a 4/C cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy studying Marine Science Safety and Environmental Protection.  I’ve had the opportunity to go on this experiential learning trip to Bermuda. Today is sadly the second to last day we all have on this beautiful island. Beginning as usual with a 745 breakfast with eggs, sausage, hash browns, and all that yummy stuff. After breakfast, my group went to get some work done on our field guide, which is the final project of all the collected information of fish and nature and all that kinda stuff. Me and my other three partners got a lot of good work done on our project until 1145 when it was lunch…
  After a Bermudiful day here on the island, I am thrilled to tell you all about the incredible challenge that many of our cadets conquered today. We jumped off a thirty foot high cliff into the edge of the Atlantic Ocean! Cohort B went this morning and Cohort A went this afternoon. On each groups’ break period, the students cranked through their field guides since they are due on Saturday evening! Taking the BIOS bus to Admiralty House Park in Hamilton where Dready took us on a hike up and down a few short, but steep, hills. We crossed a beautiful small beach where we were able to snorkel and relax for a few hours, but not until we climbed up to the cliffs that we were told to fling…