Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'm back



Apologies for the lack of blogging activity in the past few days. I've been on a field course on a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef (yes, life can be tough some times).

I spent a little over a week supervising undergraduate students as they went about collecting data on corals and other sea creatures around the island.

We got to do plenty of snorkelling and I saw lots of sharks, stingrays, brightly-coloured reef fishes, giant clams and turtles (both in and out of the water). There was even a gay wedding proposal...The boyfriend of one of our PhD students came up for the weekend and proposed on the beach late on Sunday night. The rest of us found out on Monday morning and we were all extremely excited (Tony, the PhD student, is one of the nicest blokes you could ever meet and he was soooo happy). Evidently, being the clumsy person that he is, Tony managed to drop the ring in the sea and spent a good 40 minutes searching for it with his boyfriend in the surf before finding it again. Phew.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

Nothing ever prepared me for seeing the GBR through a snorkelling mask. Beautiful.

Victor said...

Unfortunately I haven't yet been to the reef. Hopefully will visit one day.

Your little corner of academia appears to be a very gay zone.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Andrew: Too right. Absolutely magical.

Victor: Yes, it does seem that way. We have two lesbians in the department and I was recently told that a senior member of staff (who is soon to retire) is gay too.