Tim Killefer | Monday, November 16, 2015
“The Ocean, Turtles, a loving wife wrapped around a birthday promise .....”
I didn't know what to expect, and I am glad that it turned out better than I imagined.
I wanted to do something with the ocean and my of love turtles. I was able to swing this expedition (my first with any organization – but won't be my last) and it was Spectacular.
It was educational, exciting, physically challenging (getting tired but not extreme or dangerous), and with terrific people. The people were just intermingled between researchers, expedition volunteers (paying people to be there), assistants, interns, and students at The Island School / Bahamas.
I was born near Southern California and have always gravitated toward the ocean in any endeavors I seek out -- sailboat racing in Hawaii and San Francisco Bay. This was different though – warmer, incredibly clear water, shallower for further out and then huge drop offs of the shelf, beautiful waterways (rivers, streams, cays, marshlands, etc).
The work was to help the on-going research. Either collecting data, capturing turtles (via nets or boat chasings). Trying to keep up with all the youthful energy was tough but (dare I say fun). We had talks every evening after dinner -- about turtles, Sharks, on-going ocean warming (coral bleaching), local Bahamian culture and language, and other ferry good presentations.
I highly recommend this particular expedition, but you should be a good swimmer, interested in good ocean research, possibly (hopefully) a love of turtles.