"Today we shared the incredible experience of visiting the Great Barrier Reef. We took a catamaran from the Cairns harbor to Michaelmas Cay, nicknamed Bird Island, which is surrounded by 24 km of reef. The journey to the island took two hours, which went by rather quickly as we all took lots of pictures and soaked in the sun on the bow deck.

When we arrived at Bird Island we saw for ourselves that it's nickname held true. Thousands of birds were circling the air and nesting on land. Our scuba leader, David, informed us that these birds are able to continuously repopulate because no natural predators of the birds have been able to reach or survive on the island."

- Lindsey Allard ’15 and Kelsey Johnson ’13

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