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Orpheus Island - Australia

Friday, June 5, 2009

I just wanted to share a few pictures from our day on Orpheus Island. I didn't have my underwater camera housing, so everything is topside.

This was one of the days I was really looking forward to. It was the day that I could share a whole new world with my students - the underwater world. If you know me, you know I love scuba diving...the jury was out on snorkeling. I did enjoy our time in the water yesterday, but I think I will stick with diving.

The kids did an amazing job as scientists collecting all of their fish behavior and reef condition data. Is was fun watching them trying to keep track of one specific fish while counting the number of times it bit coral.

I learned that it's very hard to laugh with a snorkel in your mouth. Mrs. McGuire and I were buddies and she got VERY excited about some of the fish we saw.

Hanging out at the beach during sunset and finally getting to see some of the gorgeous Southern Hemisphere sky was another highlight of our trip to Orpheus Island.

Today we left the island and returned to HQ Aquarium where we were able to analyze our data. It was great to see all the information our group collected in tables and charts. This experience really gave students an opportunity to put their math and science skills to work. (We even did some graphing with bug bites and coral cuts!) I think there may be a few future marine biologists in the group.

I echo Mrs. McGuire - I really hope all of these students realize what an amazing opportunity this has been. Looking back over the photos we've taken, I can't believe all of the absolutely amazing things we have done over the last 12 days - it's incredible. We will be sad to leave Australia behind, but we are anxious to get back home to our families.


Susan said...

Neat photo of the kids. You have taken some island photos! :)
That would be a challenge to follow a fish for five minutes, especially since the kids were in the fish's envriornment.
I am glad you were finally able to see stars and a great sunset.
What a great experience for all of you on so many levels!
Love, Mother

So said...

G'da Ms. Jensen - it sounds like everyone had such an amazing time exploring the underwater world yesterday. I've been reading all of the student's blogs and twitter updates before they even traveled to Australia and I truly believe each and every one of the students do understand this has been a trip of a lifetime. I personally can't thank everyone enough for giving Tyanna this experience that will live in her heart for a lifetime.

Shannon said...


What an awesome, awesome experience for all. Loved following your posts/photos as the group canvassed the continent. The memories that you all will have from your adventures will be priceless. Thank you so much for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity! Looking forward to seeing you all at DIA on Sunday - hopefully, there will be no more Airport Olympics required.


lasa54 said...

Ms. Jensen,

I have enjoyed following your adventure. I also want to say thanks to your mother for blogging with all the students and being so supportive. I am looking forward to hearing from our students when they return to school next week.

Ms. Shannon

MaƂgorzata said...

Hello! I'd like to let you know that some of my students from Poland are following your blogs. We are all impressed by the adventures you have. You make us believe that the dreams can really come true.

Mr. Harvey said...

Jen, great photo of the kids in the sunset on top of post.

Klaudia said...


The pictures are cool. If I were you I would be probably the most delighted person on the world.
Australia is really beautiful...

nataly flores said...

It sure does sound like you guys had a lot of fun going under water and exploring the fish and everything you guys saw under there. By the way I think the pictures you guys took are cool I like the one with the sunset the last picture.

What is the HQ Aquarium?
What was it like to go Scuba Diving?

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