Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 5

Winter Ocean Classroom 2021: Day 5

Christiansted, St. Croix

Teige W.

Saturday, January 9th 2021 

The crew of Winter Ocean awaits anxiously as the Sugar Apple BnB for our upcoming time on Roseway. Although the BnB has been a perfect spot to quarantine from, I think I speak for the crew when I say we want to get on that boat! However, we must tough it out at the beach while we wait. Our day begins much like others, with a continental breakfast and a cup of hot, steaming joe. Afterwards, we made our way back to our rooms to prepare for Marine Science class. Today's topic: the Mammalian Dive Reflex. After taking our resting heart rates, in beats per minute, three separate times, we then took it three more times while our faces were underwater. As odd as it sounds, there's a natural response to being in water that slows your heart rate. After a difficult day of classes overlooking the turquoise and deep blues of the Caribbean waters, we decided to take a short hike to a nearby beach. With GoPros out and sunscreen applied, we made our way down to the ocean for some snorkeling and lounging. Feeling satisfied with our new, lobster-red skin, we walked back through the colorful pink and yellow buildings of historic Christiansted. Halfway through our quick walk back we looked to the bay and spotted her, the Roseway. She's waiting for the rest of her crew to board. After showering up, the night was topped off with Mexican food and music. We all can't wait until we can get on the open ocean. Life changing experiences and new friendships await. See you all on the logs Sunday.

Signing off,

Teige A. Wright