Friday, May 18, 2012

Salty Classrooms

While we could learn a lot about marine ecosystems by exclusively reading books or hearing lectures, here at CCSP we maintain that one of the most effective learning tools is immersion - literally - into the great sea itself.  Our expert professor, Ian Johnston from Bethel University, enjoyed sharing his love of corals with us as we snorkeled through some of Belize's most beautiful reefs.

Punctual and prepared for class.  Yes, this is class

Pencil urchins, parrotfish, brittle stars, sea hares, conch and stingrays were only a few of the creatures we discovered; but they all taught us a lot about their home, and how our lives on the land affect theirs in the water.

Kelsey and Kirsten (Bethel) learning about a sea hare and a pencil urchin, firsthand
We are so privileged to be able to explore these habitats and encounter such an array of amazing (and sometimes bizarre) organisms.  May we all have the wisdom and courage to promote their health and survival for many generations to come.

Waves breaking on the reef crest at Glover's Atoll

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