MadBeach Helps Bahama Habitat
Today (Wednesday) was our habitat creation day. Our internet access will be down until noon tomorrow this sort of messes up a lot of people here who can’t communicate off the island.
It is much too choppy for all of us to safely work in the water today. The waves are about three feet not too far off shore and the wind is blowing in from the northwest when normally it comes from the southeast… Go figure.
Breakfast was an extraordinary affair. We either had French toast or very soft regular toast. Some of us used syrup, some used jam... it sort of depended on your point of view I guess. There was oatmeal too. Yep, that’s what they told me.
After breakfast our challenge was to create and construct reef habitat structures that people who live on or near coral reefs could make using local materials with very little money. Basically, that means scrounge what you can find, be very creative, and add concrete. I remembered the reef balls that were constructed at Madeira Beach Middle School and a couple of us tried to figure out how to make them here on San Salvador. The other groups were making imitation elkhorn coral using and old wooden box with sand for a form, cardboard, duck tape, cut up window screen, wire and quick set cement. The only money they spent was for the cement.
My group, Ms Montana, Bob “the builder”, and I went beach scrounging. We found: buoy floats – small, medium, and large – plastic bottles from three continents, soda cans, rope, rocks and sand. We carried five gallon buckets of cement mix and water from the research center down to the beach; ugh! We dug holes right into the beach sand, shaped the holes with the buoys and our hands, and set bottles and cans to leave holes in the habitat. (Bob stepped in one of the holes tripped and fell on his face in the sand. But he didn’t spill the cement! ‘Atta boy Bob! ) We then shaped and formed the cement –working against gravity and the tide- around the cans and up the side of the holes. Then just as the tide was coming in…
Wonder how they turned out?