Following is partial list habitats Wild Studies' participants will explore
during their stay with us. In order to provide the most unique experience,
the weekly schedule will be determined based on participants’ skills,
topics of interest, research projects, and weather conditions.
Let us answer your questions:
Sandflats and Turtle Grass Beds
The sandflats are filled with sand dollars, sea biscuits, flying gurnards,
and frog fish. The open water column between the surface and the sand
host a world of non-stinging comb jellies and needlefish like houndfish;
depths vary from 1' to 12'. There are small micro habitats of coral colonies
and turtle grass beds which provide home to shrimp, anemones, and juvenile
fish. Along the rock wall divers see a wide variety of sessile invertebrates,
small colorful fish, lobsters and large spider crabs. Colonies of star
and fire coral adorn the walls and rock boulders at their base. Queen
and gray angelfish are common at the point, as are small groupers.
A calm sandflat will be the site of your first snorkel. This checkout
dive will teach you the skills needed to don and remove equipment in a
variety of sea conditions, to remove water from your mask, clear your
snorkel, and will include an introduction to breath hold free diving.
Though optional, many of our students, with additional instruction are
diving to depths of thirty feet and more. We do not customarily use flotation
vests in our free dive program; however, they are available on request
for those not wishing to dive. All snorkeling and free diving is normally
done as a group, but once your skill level has been demonstrated, you
may be permitted to snorkel, unsupervised, in buddy pairs.