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Bermuda

1908

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

“For the science fair, I studied the density of bird nests that I found in trees and bushed.” Name: Gavin K. Engstrom Hometown: Falmouth, MA School: Morse Pond Middle School “For Girl Scouts we were able to camp inside the Mystic Aquarium and get a behind-the-scenes tour.  I slept near the shark tank and watched them all night, sparking my interest in marine animals.” Name: Blythe Stephenson Hometown: West Greenwich, RI School: Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High School “We dissected squid that were common in our area.  We studied gender, body parts, and the overall function of the squid.” Name: Henry E. Mattson Hometown: Rockport, MA School:  Rockport Middle School         “My 8th…
“We raised tadpoles and documented them as they evolved into frogs.” Name: Gavin K. Engstrom Hometown: Falmouth, MA School: Mullin Hall Elementary School “When I was in third grade, my class took a trip to the pond down the street. We took a cup of water from it any looked at it under the microscope.”  Name: Robert Foley Hometown: Norwell, MA School:  Grace Farrar Elementary School “Seeing caterpillars transform into butterflies really made me appreciate nature at a young age.”  Name: Maia R. Ostomecki Hometown: North Brookfield, MA School:  North Brookfield Elementary School “In 5th grade, my elementary school held a science fair.  My best friend and I did our project on the oil spill…
Group photo on the BIOS dock. 4/C Jack Boulter, 4/C Ryan Shaughnessy, 4/C Lucas Lapham, on the RV Stommel at Bailey's Bay.   What an incredible day! The MSSEP cadets spent the WHOLE day in the water exploring different reefs around Bermuda. We checked out Bailey's Bay and Achilles Bay, spotting some pretty epic critters! We started off the day with the classic group photo on BIOS’s dock and in front of the main building in our matching group shirts that 1/C Nolan Bradley (Upton, MA) designed for us. Right after the pictures, we grabbed our snorkeling gear and set off for the day! The morning swims were pretty chilly because it was overcast and very windy. Getting into the cold…
Hiking on the Railway Trail on a beautiful day! Cadets observe the Blue Hole at Walsingham before jumping off the cliffs into the chilly water.   Hello, everyone! We have officially hit Hump-Day on our very busy Bermuda experience and we are still going strong on our adventures. Today, we had an incredible experience that I am sure none of us will ever forget; we got to swim in CAVES! We were also able to contribute to the World Wetland Day database for species diversity at Lover’s Lake in Bermuda. On the first excursion of the day, we went to Walsingham Nature Reserve where we were able to learn from Dready all the flora and fauna in the many different ecosystems found there.…
Several Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience participants have emailed to asked for more information about the lionfish that 1/C Megan Laurie mentioned in a recent post.  Here you go! Evidence of lionfish in Bermuda was first recorded two decades ago.  It is believed that these natives to the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean were accidentally introduced into the waters off the coast of Florida sometime in the 1980s.  How?  Although they do not know the exact source, scientists believe that people have released unwanted lionfish from their home aquariums into the ocean for years. You may think that discovering a new colorful species of fish off the coast of Bermuda has residents of the…
Today was amazing. We were briefed on what we were planning on doing last night and we were told that we were going to be snorkeling at the crème de la crème of reefs around Bermuda so we all had high expectations. We departed from the dock at 0830 and were off to the North Rock reefs. It was one of the best weather days so far being sunny, cloudless, 70 degrees, and light wind. That being said, the boat ride over wasn’t too rough. Once we arrived at the reefs, my dive partner and I dove in. We were basically free to go wherever we wanted as long as we were in sight of the boat. The visibility underwater was perfect.  You could see everything. There were patches of large, complex reefs…
Today we went the farthest I’ve ever gone offshore diving. It was a place 7 miles offshore called North Rock. Here we saw several species that I’ve never seen before which consisted of a bunch of beautiful and allusive fish that I probably would never have encountered without this opportunity. I learned a lot about the common species that you may encounter during a dive this time of year and kept track of each species and how many my partner and I encountered throughout the dive. It was very cool to connect the dots from yesterday’s fish identification lecture and today’s dive.     North Rock then (1890) and now (2020).      
View at BIOS on a calm morning. Fish and coral at North Rock taken by a MSSEP cadet with an underwater camera.   "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, what do we do? We SWIM!" Today, the MSSEP cadets were able to take the journey of a lifetime to the North Rock which lies nine miles off the coast of Bermuda. Why was I just singing Dory’s famous song? The reef we snorkeled on today was so picturesque that it looked just like Nemo’s home reef in Disney’s Finding Nemo. Waking up and shoving breakfast into our mouths as fast as we can, we ran down to the docks to load up the boats. Cohort A board the R/V Rumline and Cohort B boarded the R/V Strommel which are both based out…
Today is our sixth day in Bermuda and today was so far the best day out of all of them. My day started out with waking up at 7:30 and then heading right to breakfast. At breakfast they served eggs, French toast, and home fries. I got all three because I was very hungry. After breakfast we had to be at the dock at 8:15 for our snorkel. We then departed the dock and went 7 miles off shore to North Rock. When we got there the ocean floor was filled with beautiful coral. We then snorkeled for an hour. I saw some awesome and rare fish species. One of those being the great barracuda which i have never seen in the wild before. After that it was a 45-minute boat ride back to land. Then we…
Hello everyone! I am 4/C Molly Field from Manchester, Massachusetts. Today, we gathered by the dock waiting to board the boats at 0815. We were going to be driving out to North Rock, about 10 miles offshore. It was a forty minute ride there, and we were greeted by pretty large swells. The waves were insane. Looking down, I could see a giant color reef. The water was crystal clear and the view was absolutely breathtaking. I snorkeled alongside my friend 4/C Kate Smith. We took notes on a waterproof clipboard of what types of fish we could see and how many there were.  Over the course of the trip so far, we’ve had many lectures including how to identify corals and fish. It was so cool to me…