This past Saturday I was able to attend a world oceans day event hosted on the northern side of Guam in Ritidian. There they had a touch tank with sea cucumbers, a museum to explore, and a guided walk to the shark nursery. I helped take guests to the nursery that is located in a restricted part of the refuge. Unfortunately, I didn’t spot any sharks but some of the people who came were lucky enough to find a few. I had a few people ask about the concrete structures in the water. The refuge was a former military installation and there are a lot of structures left behind from that time.

Camping on cocos

After the event at Ritidian, me and my family went camping on Cocos Island, a reef island about 10,000 ft off of Guam. Once we got there, we setup our tents on the cooler northern side of the island. Then I went rod and reel fishing with my brother. My brother ended up catching a Blue FIn Trevally (Caranx melampygus). I also practiced talaya or cast net fishing while on Cocos with a small net I was given by the International Game Fish Association. It’s too small to catch much but it’s good to practice.

After a day of fishing and snorkeling, we cooked food over the fire, ate, and went to bed. It was so nice going to sleep to the sound of wind and waves. I got some of the best sleep of my life. The next day we woke up and spotted a green sea turtle poking its head out of the water close to shore. We tried to swim to get a closer look, but the turtle was too quick for us and would pop his head up 50ft from where we first saw him whenever we approached. Oh well. After that we relaxed till the boat came back to pick us up. Overall, it was a great experience. I hope to do it again someday. Anyways, thanks for reading and see you in the next one. Esta ki!

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