Saturday, September 16, 2006

Sorry, I'm a bad blogger. I keep seeming to have other things to do. We caught and tagged a bunch of squid. That was fun. I've also been working on James' boat that got it's butt kicked in the hurricane. That's a bit less fun but it's still fine.

I may not continue writing stuff here. I'm just too busy. I'll probably post photos on flickr from time to time though.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Nothing much to report. We're just getting ready for hurricane Florence. It doesn't seem like it's going to be too big a deal. I'm studying for the Bio GRE, getting ready to start my project, and honing my drinking skills. We went snorkling without fins yesterday and flailed around trying to chase a school of reef squid. That was fun.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Here's a picture of the squid I'll be working with. I kind of cheated to get this picture though. We went on a trip to the aquarium today. It's actually a damned nice aquarium for such a small island. There's also a little zoo attached to it that's nice as well. We visited the capital city of Hamilton afterwards. That was alright. Everything is pretty upscale and expensive but it was still fun.

Here's the front of the building I'm staying in. Pretty swanky for a research station and it's supposed to be hurricane proof. That'll come in handy. Florence is supposed to hit here on Monday. I guess it's only catagory one right now so it should be no problem. Even if it gets stronger, I've been assured that everything on the island has been built to withstand hurricanes.

There are more photos posted on the flickr site. The link is over there on the right side of the page.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I'm in Bermuda now. The flight was long and uncomfortable but Christine was with me until New York (where she went to visit her family) so it was fine. I kind of wanted the flight to be longer. The real bummer of the flight was that my luggage didn't show up in Bermuda when I did. It did get here the next day and I've got everything now so I can't complain too much.

The research station here is very nice. It's like a resort compared to what I'm used to. There are hard wood floors and nice wood trim everywhere. The food is cafeteria style but it's pretty good so far. My room is small but, happily, I don't have any roommates. I even have a fire escape / balcony with an ocean view.

Most exciting of all, we all went snorkling today and I got to see some carribean reef squid. These are the critters I'll be studying here and this is the first time I've ever seen them live and in person. They don't seem to mind being watched either. They just sort of hover over the bottom and look at you. Of course, I wanted to see them change colors and freak out so I chased one a bit and made it ink. It was pretty cool. He did that whole turn white with false eye spot thing that they like to do.

I haven't taken any pictures yet. I'm going to have to get on that.