In the morning, we all woke up bright and early, eager to get in the water! After a yummy breakfast we finally got to splash in with our check out dive at Sherwood Forest. Exploring the reef, we saw shrimps, cabbage nudis and a little turtle swimming off in a distance. There were also a few free swimming remoras who were a little bit too friendly – as Val will attest to!
On surfacing however, Captain Christy had some bad news waiting for us – compressor issues meant that we had to head back to the dock for repairs. So, no full day of diving for us. But being true ninjas, we took full advantage of the unexpected lull – Ninja Leader Jay, and Katy Ayres, PhD candidate at Pelagios Kankuja, gave a talk introducing us to shark biology, and the different types of sharks we can expect to see during the week, as well as conservation issues faced by the species. This generated a lot of questions and discussions, and we all felt a lot more well informed after this!
The amazing crew soon got the compressor working again, and we were soon heading back out to Tiger Beach. We got there in time to fit in two dives at Sugar Wreck, an old sailing ship that sank while carrying sugar from the Caribbean. Here, we got our first encounters with Carribean reef sharks – who kept teasingly circling round us, coming super close at some points! We also got to see the huge resident loggerhead turtle, Pickles, as well as slipper lobsters, pufferfish coupling up, and little shrimps and crabs tucked into the nooks and crannies of the wreck.