Day 6 @ Shoals

Independence Day arrived along with a prequel to Hurricane Arthur.  The storm is forecast to deflect far to the east, and so far we have only seen rainstorms out on the island.  Today the students helped hand shuck 80 ears of corn for the 4th of July BBQ – some shucking corn for the first time.  We completed a Skulls and Skeletons lab, where students sketched seal, otter, manatee, walrus, and dolphin skulls, noting the differences between groups.  We also organized a dolphin skeleton, previously contained jumbled in a box.  This task was completed very quickly and with much enthusiasm.  After the BBQ, we played a trivia game, where the prize was an additional shower (we’re restricted to 1 per week due to water shortages).  In a heartbreaking lightning round tie breaker, our team came in second place.

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NEFSC May Cruise 2013 – God Bless America

We eat every meal and play every card game under the watchful eyes of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and [former] NOAA Secretary Jane Lubchenco.

I have become addicted to what I call “America Mints”, which the Chief Steward keeps in abundant supply in the galley.