Thursday, May 5, 2011

Belize Expedition: Hello from Walter!

Belize Expedition, 2011

From Walter:
I can’t tell you how tired I am--and this was my first day! These scientists work very, very hard.

A ramora in the crystal clear waters of Belize (Photo: W. Flaherty)

Following three dives in crystal clear blue water and majestic corals, we’re now working late into the evening on a hermit crab experiment to determine whether or not smaller ones recruit others to exchange shells more suitable for their size. Believe it or not, I now know how to identify the type of hermit crab shell--size them, count their legs and assess the damage of their shell. Wow!

Underwater today I helped Randi, Pete, Jay and two scientists from the Smithsonian lay out three 25 meter transects so that area surveys of coral density and animal life could be taken. Scientists will return in several months to determine whether or not improvements in the marine protected area have occurred.

(Photo: W. Flaherty)

It’s getting late and these guys are still working. I’m going to bed! 



  1. There's no use trying to keep up with Randi!
    Hang in there Walter!

  2. Hey Walter...what? no climbing into the cold, clammy wetsuit for a teeth-chattering midnight dive??? Kidding :]

    I'm happy that you're on this exciting adventure with those wild, crazy and tireless scientists.


    Paul Erickson