Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 44

Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 44

Culebra, Puerto Rico

Teige W.

February 21st, 2021

Today's the day we leave St. Croix! Although Christiansted has been good to us I'm pumped for a change in scenery. We woke up late at 0830 to the news that we were going to St. Thomas. But quickly after we set sail we realized that we could haul at 8 knots if we went towards Culebra, which was our original plan. Port watch was up first. Morgan, Fern, Eli, Mahalia, Ang, Cam, Casten and myself stood watch for the first couple of hours. We were then replaced by starboard watch. I used the next four hours to sleep, then port watch was back up. The entrance into Culebra is truly magnificent. We passed by a handful of lush, green and mountainous islands as we approached the gorgeous main island of Culebra. As I was at the helm taking in the beauty Ang was looking back at the trolling lines. We had not caught anything all day, but Ang spotted something splashing in the water. At first we brushed it off as some sargasm. But Ang swore that there was a fish on. Cam and Sam began to haul in the line and sure enough, there was Mahi on! Adam turned the files into ceviche and yaki itori which was devoured very quickly. Ang had the honor of munching on the heart, and Holly dissected the Mahi for an impromptu Marine Science class. I'm glad I was able to transit without getting heavily seasick so I could enjoy Culebra more. Today was an incredible day, see you soon.

Signing off,

Teige Wright