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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer
May 04, 2016
Caves, Cliffs, and Mangrove Crabs
32° 22’ N x 064° 40’ W
Greetings from the Corwith Cramer.
Today was our third day docked in St. George Bermuda. Today was scheduled as a free day for students. With no activities planned, it was an opportunity for students to do some exploring of this cool little island. Myself and a group of others (buddy system!) decided to strike out and explore some hikes around the island.
First, we joined a tour of Crystal Cave, a local feature formed by rain water carving out caverns of limestone under the island. After this dark and drippy deep-earth excursion, we moved on to a nearby park. Hiking through the trails we were attracted by the sound of laughter and voices near-by. As we followed the voices, the jungle opened up to an elevated salt water pool (called a” blue hole”), filled with fellow MBC students. We jumped in after, and proceeded to find many little critters, including a few red and black crabs (clicking their pincers) among mangrove roots, lobsters, a parrot fish, and baby barracuda.
Looking for some more adventure, Taylor and I set out to find nearby “Abbots Cliffs”, because it sounded cool on our maps. Travelling along the residential roads, trying to decipher our maps, and eventually getting a tip from a friendly local, we finally found a trail that looked promising. Our efforts were well worth it. We stepped out of the trail on to a grassy peak surrounded by white limestone cliffs. From our vantage point, we could see much of the island. Taylor pointed out the silhouettes of spotted rays in the clear reefs of Harrington sound below. I was especially excited about the hardy succulents and cacti growing out of the precipice.
Coming back, we expected our experience to be quite unique. However, we found our classmates had also had remarkable adventures of their own, including a few sea turtle sightings, and swimming among huge schools of fish while snorkeling .
It was nice to have the opportunity to do some individual exploring today. Bermuda is seriously beautiful, from its reefs to its forests. This firsthand experience gives new significance to our conversations about environmental conservation on the island and in its surrounding waters.
Special thanks to my parents for helping me be able to participate in SEA Semester. Oh yeah and happy early mother’s day mother dearest!