Day 2: Snorkelling at Hook Island

What a great day. With a couple of days waiting ahead,

many of the scientists were keen to get out of the harbour, have a look around and start collecting. We steamed out to Hook Island for a snorkel in Butterfly Bay. My favourite was a giant blue clam. Did anyone have that on their list? We also saw a green turtle that swam up to the boat for a look. Andrew Hosie was collecting samples of coral looking for barnacles that attach to the coral as larvae and then live embedded in the coral structure.

coral at Butterfly Bay   

  Checking out the coral samples