We stayed at a pearl farm which also caters to tourists and researchers, which was a huge bonus, as we got to eat in the crew mess hall and it was DELICIOUS omg. When I win the lottery, I'm hiring a cook like Will to make food for me every day.
|Our accommodation, complete with storm windows for the cyclones. Not pictured: the many geckos, frogs, and bugs we shared it with.|
|The scariest mangrove forest I ever did see, about a 30 second slink from above accommodation.|
This part of the world experiences absolutely batshit insane tides. The neap tides (smaller tides) mean the water depth changes by only 2-3 meters (~9-12 FEET), but during spring tides (bigger tides), the water could drop and rise by TWELVE FREAKING METERS in the course of a few hours. That, ladies and gentleman, is usually considered a fuckton of water moving fast.
|The "boat ramp" at high tide. At low tide, the water level receded about halfway to the horizon.|
|That's a whirlpool in the water, again due to the crazy tides. The picture doesn't capture it, but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up to see and listen to it roaring.|
Most of the research took place at this coral reef, which gets exposed at low tide.
|The coral reef I worked on, at low tide. I had to climb up those waterfalls like Tarzan.|
|I made it to the top of the reef! The boat is in the distance, taking samples. The water is still streaming off the reef below my feet.|
|On the green bits, the water is only a few inches deep, but that hole easily came up to my knees. And of COURSE most of the holes have to be just slightly bigger than my legspan, so I couldn't step over the holes.|
|The gently sloping edge of the reef, at super low tide.|
|Science fashion is best fashion.|
more to come....