Whales signal the end is near....

So our morning was spent watching the yacht race go by (Mark our helmsman from earlier in the week was somewhere in amongst it), whales breaching and completing some science under sail while the class joined us. We walked through coral and a mangrove forest in awe of the total amount of life within these ecosystems. From ocean to hard coral and through to a mangrove - a great system to Investigate.

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Dugongs WOW!

Another beautiful morning out on the bay. I spent the morning doing some more testing off the back of the Vellela, breaking the data collection record by getting 50 samples done in one morning. Outstanding work by myself, Maddi, Kate and Mark.

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Sailing into the sunset

Today started out much like the others. The weather a few degrees warmer and the bay seemed made of glass. This was a truly spectacular day, with no real wind at all, which turned the bay into a mirror. To show you what I'm talking about, go here - Glass on Blakesleys Bay. Perfect weather for being out on a bay.

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Data collection with all creatures great and small

Up again early to head off to the boat at 6.30am. After a night listening to the curlews calling out, I was a little tired. I did however soldier on, which really isn’t that hard in such a wonderful environment. The pelican’s and beautiful sunset were again out to greet us.

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Wildlife and sea grass everywhere

Today began at 6am in spectacular fashion with two dolphins greeting us at the wharf as the catamaran, Velella, pulled in to pick us up. They circled the boat and played while we loaded up. This was followed by a pelican fish eating frenzy. The pelican’s pulled 60cm fish out of the water, lifted them up into the air and then gobbled them down. They did this for quite a few minutes and it was great to watch. A feeding frenzy indeed.

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On the lookout for Quandamooka artefacts

Well flying up to Brisbane happened without any major event. A night in Cleveland and up early morning to a busted luggage zip….oh well, at least it wasn’t me! Twenty three degrees outside, not a cloud in the sky and magnificence everywhere I look – I hear it’s raining again at home.

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An adventure 20 years in the making, or so it would seem....

Surprising as it may be, only 20 or so years ago was a life without mobile phones or computers for the average student. In fact, I finished Year 12 using a typewriter (google it), encyclopaedias (hard bound books with facts in them), magazines (all the ads you find online next to those articles you read, all bound up in a document) and a pot of glue (just like you had in kinder). My phone was stuck to the wall and had those round little finger holes to turn around the dial. I know, life was tough for me!

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