Category: REEF 2017

The 2017 Reef Program ended prematurely after the devastating and unexpected death of Tucker Francis ’16, a member of the TABOR BOY crew and the Tabor family. After a period of mourning, we made every effort to resume the last few cruises, but were unable to overcome the many logistical challenges in a short timeframe. We plan to resume REEF and our important research on Elkhorn coral in 2019, the next year of the program’s two year research rotation.

We started the day off more quickly than ever before in our career at Tabor. Tucker made a scrumptious breakfast of cinnamon rolls and fruit bowls. Our first task was to try out the underwater cameras in Redhook Harbor. We found an abundance of healthy Elkhorn Coral with memorable photographs of Liam’s wrinkly hands and attractive selfies. Then, we gave our diving gear a break and enjoyed some delectable chicken tenders. After lunch, we got underway and sailed to Francis…

What a thrill! The adventure has begun! Bright eyed and bushy tailed, we boarded the bus in Marion at 5:30 am For Logan Airport. Jetblue received a high rating from us. We value punctuality on this ship. On our drive from the Cyril E. King Airport to the dinghy dock in Red Hook we saw the beauty that is St. Thomas. We received a brief history of St. Thomas from our bus driver, Yogi. In a wild dingy ride we…

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Yesterday, as usual, we got up for the morning dip and we played our daily game of waboba. Port watch won the game! After that, we set up for breakfast and a “week-in-review” meal of quiche, cinnamon rolls and fruit. Our first mission of the day was to prepare the current arrays for deployment. There are eight of them, and we placed them along the eastern and western shores of Whistling Cay in 15 – 20 feet of water. Next…

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After being woken up by Hayden at 0630, students jumped into the refreshing water for morning dip and played a game of Waboba. After a hard-fought game, starboard watch won. After fueling up with a scrumptious quiche, we prepared ourselves for the first dive of the day.   We smothered ourselves in layers of sunscreen and embarked on the inflatables for Whistling Cay. The research teams tirelessly worked to prevent contact with the coral. An hour and a half and 84…

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This morning we woke up at 0630 for our traditional morning dip and a game of Waboba keep away. Afterward, we got underway from Peter Island to St. John and had a wonderful pancake breakfast while underway. We motored to Cruz Bay on St. John, USVI, to clear customs and spend some time ashore. We all went ashore in the small boats, and after clearing in, we explored the town center. We ate lunch in small groups at various places…

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