A Day in the Life

Ever wondered what it’s like to be on the Marine Team at A Rocha Kenya? Well here’s how I spent one day last week here at Mwamba:

7:00 – Wake up to monkeys jumping on my roof, always entertaining
7:30 – Breakfast
8:15 – Data sheet prep: I filled up my old sheet yesterday, so I have to make another one
8:45 – Collect gear for rock pooling fieldwork: I’m looking for Anomastrea irregularis, and rare coral, and Hannah is looking at ghost crabs on the beach
9:00 – Walk down to the south end of the park to collect data on rock pool corals and ghost crabs


10:10 – Caught in a rainstorm: Luckily, since we study the ocean, our data sheets are waterproof!
11:30 – Back to Mwamba loaded with lots of good data and plans to head back to the site another day
12:00 – Quick swim to cool off before lunch, and the water is beautiful, as always
13:00 – Lunch at Mwamba, delicious!
14:00 – Data entry
15:30 – 18:00 – Coral photo analysis: hopefully soon we’ll have a complete list of coral species present in the rock pools

coral again

18:00 – Break before dinner
19:00 – Dinner at Mwamba: six different countries represented!
21:00 – Late night rock pooling to look at glowing coral under the UV light: magical

And there you have it, an “average” day! Stay tuned for more updates on our marine research and everything else happening at A Rocha Kenya!


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  1. Jimmy
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    It certainly beats sitting in a dull office with the the same dull people day after day!!

  2. Will knocker
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    See you at the rock pools in December & you can share more of your research with me?

  3. Martin Stacey
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Benjo
    You may not remeber me but we met in Oct with Dawn and you took me out for a few hours with Cassie and ?

    Anyway, I had a wonderful experience and hope that I did not interrupt your “work” too much.

    I am coming back in March for 2 weeks and then again for 3 months in August to do some voluntary work. Dawn has already suggested that you guys might have some things that need doing and we are likely to do some video work of the local reefs.

    I met John and a couple of other the day I was there and would really like to visit you guys again in March, are you all likely to be there?
    Martin Stacey

  4. Martin Stacey
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Cassie – just noticed that you was your blog not Benjo’s!

    and it mentions Hannah… apologies Hannah for not remembering your name in my previous post!

    I’m sitting here its 10.145 on Saturday morning, 5c outside, with bitterly cold wind chill, feeling soooo envious of you guys out there!

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