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Getting Soaked

January 18, 2020

NEU/BIO 675: Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior

January 16, 2020

Today was another day where we had on and off rain for the entire day. However, it didn’t stop us determined divers from heading about 45 feet below the surface and seeing what we could see! Our early morning dive went as planned, but I sat out of our second morning dive due to some ear issues. I had a great opportunity to talk to some of the workers here at CoCo View, which meant a lot to me. Everyone here has been so kind to us, and it’s fun to get to know our dive guides, or dive masters, as we call them, a little better each day. We spend hours together every day during boat rides to and from the dive sites, and we learn about each other and make lots of jokes with each other. I definitely will miss them when we leave. These people love to smile and not take life too seriously. I’ve probably told all of my classmates that I’m going to have a broken heart when we leave Roatan - I could stay here for so much longer than just the one week we’re scheduled here for our study tour.

This evening, we all climbed aboard a boat again, hopped on a bus, and were shuttled to a soccer field where some Carthage students played some of the local workers at CoCo View in an exciting game of soccer in the rain. I cheered loudly from the sidelines and hung onto cellphones to keep them dry. A young girl came by and braided my hair for me! 

Tomorrow will be our last day of diving, and Saturday we’ll hop on the plane and leave Roatan, continuing onto equally exciting adventures!

-Rachel Harvey ’22

 

Today was just like every day we’ve had. We had breakfast and went for our morning boat and drop off dives. Then had time to relax before lunch. After lunch we did two more dives. Throughout the day we saw spotted eagle rays, moray eel, creole wrasse, spadefish, and lots of queen angelfish.

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Dinner was served at 6:30 per usual and there was live music to follow. Right after dinner we left for the annual Carthage versus CoCo View staff soccer game. It was raining a lot and the field we played at was right in the heart of French Cay. We were surrounded by locals and music.

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Those of us that didn’t play were cheering our team on from the bleachers. A little girl came around and braided a lot of the girls’ hair. Carthage lost, like we do every year, but put up a good fight against the locals. The van right to the field was much different than in the states. There are not many traffic laws on the island. Our driver was weaving in and out of people and taking corners very fast. The van rides were almost as fun as the game itself. It was an exhilarating night and we didn’t get back to CoCo View until 9:30. 

-Annemarie Seth ’21

 


About the Honduras Study Tour

THE TRAVEL DATES

Jan. 11-23, 2020

THE INSTRUCTORS

Biology Prof. Scott Hegrenes 

Sociology Prof. Bill Miller 

Neuroscience Prof. Dan Miller

AN INTRO

In this course, students will be able to study the diverse ecology of a Caribbean coral reef, while learning about the evolution of neurobiology of marine life to humans. Students will have the opportunity to be scuba-certified before diving in to explore the tropical reefs. They will get first hand experience of what Honduran culture is like during their stay, explore the Copan ruins, an archaeological site of the Maya civilizations, and visit the island of Roatan.

Writer

Rachel Harvey ’22, Annemarie Seth ’21