Our last day

I was allocated to Velella today. It was our last day of collecting data for Healthy Waterways in Moreton Bay.

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A skipper for the day!

I was awoken by the sound of rain hitting the roof this morning. This could only mean one thing – it was going to be wet and cold whilst we were completing our research today. Luckily I was posted to Velella (the double hull catamaran) again today.

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"Glaucie Talkie"

Again today started early as there was bad weather threatening in the afternoon. It was my second day on Glaucus setting bruvs in different locations around Moreton Bay. Our first two locations were around Peel Island and in between waiting for the samples to be ready, we had a snorkel around a beautiful coral reef, had a quick explore on the island and completed some GPS mapping of seagrass abundance and distribution. It was a great start to the day!

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Glaucus

Today I spent the day on Glaucus - a smallish boat that could venture into the shallow waters of Moreton Bay. We were using go-pros attached to a brick and a small float (so we could find our rep upon collection) to film which types of fish were using that particular patch of sea grass.

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Velella

I have been up for hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were due to be on the boat by 6:30am! It sounded crazy, but it was beautiful that early in the morning – very still and flat water. We saw a pod of dolphins on our way to the first sampling site. Today I spent the day on Velella. This is a double hull yacht, which later in the day, I got to sail home!

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MEL --> BNE

The day started really early with an 8am flight to Brisbane. Once arriving in Brisbane Airport, I had to find other Earthwatch participants. I had never met them, but I was looking for a person wearing an orange top and another with a large beard.

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