The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) was once considered to be one of the most numerous large vertebrates on the planet. Yet ongoing exploitation of this species for it fins, for use in the Asian delicacy shark fin soup, has caused precipitous population declines in many parts of the world. This species has been especially hard-hit in the northwest and western central Atlantic Ocean, where it is now difficult to find them in significant numbers. Despite the inherent difficulties in finding and studying large, relatively rare oceanic sharks, an international team of researchers successfully satellite-tagged a large number of these animals off Cat Island, The Bahamas, this month in order to track their movements to enable more effective conservation of this top ocean predator. Continue reading
Each semester the final day of Community Outreach is marked by a collective celebration between The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School. DCMS and IS students, and faculty from CEI, IS and DCMS take part in an afternoon long basketball tournament. We feast on cupcakes and conch fritters with the DJ spinning music that thuds in rhythm with the basketball down the court.
The Island School parents arrived for the weekend’s festivities full of excitement and overjoyed to see their children and their life for the past 3 months.
After 7 months of raising cobia, CEI’s aquaculture program decided to conduct the first harvest of 2011, just in time for parents weekend. A total of 150 cobia were harvested and filleted by CEI staff and IS students Brett, Sara, and Aldis. All fillets were prepared on the grill by Geoff and our lovely kitchen staff. The grilled cobia fillets were presented at dinner and cobia ceviche as an art show appetizer wednesday evening. After so much hard work and various obstacles, the aquaculturalist’s at CEI were overwhelmed with joy and tasted the success of cobia at dinner! There is more to come!
Where does all the cobia carcass waste go?
Stay tuned for our next update… “Fish Silage”
by Caciques Austin and Mia
Thanks for a great Parent’s Weekend! The last four days were an especially amazing as they allowed us to show our families and friends what relationships we have formed and what skills we have gained here at The Island School. Today, Sunday, was our first day after Parent’s Weekend. Most of the faculty joined all 48 of the students on an adventure to the Schooner Cays, a scatter of small islands off the Northwest side of the school. This was a time dedicated to decompression after a long parents weekend. We relaxed, reflected, rested, read, recuperated, rejuvenated, and PREPARED for the week ahead!
As the parents of our spring 2011 students settle back into homes and offices today, we wanted to share these videos once again to hopefully put a smile on your face this Monday morning…
The first day of Parents Weekend was a great success. We started off the day with a sleep in and then circled at7:15for a campus clean to get ready for the arrival of the parents. After a long day of cleaning and classes the parents started arriving around five. Our hours of strenuous labor were ritually rewarded by the smiles on our families faces when they saw our magnificent art show. At an evening circle that was bursting at the seams with both happiness and family members, parents got a glimpse of our nightly ritual.
At The Island School, a large component of student research classes take place in the field. Field time is spent running experiments and collecting data, which are critical to the development of parent’s weekend presentations and the science symposium. This video gives you a look at the fun behind all the hard work!
by Caciques Hailey and Nathan
Today was a Tuesday, but this Tuesday was different from most Tuesdays, the reason being was because William Trubridge, the world record free diver had chosen The Island School as his next destination on his tour of The Bahamas. As the runners enjoyed a typical long morning run, the swimmers went with Mr. Trubridge to Cathedral rock where they learned to free dive, as run track had done the day before. After a good breakfast, which consisted of hash and grits, the students divided up and headed to either Human Ecology or Art class to set up for the Art show, which was happening in the Boys Dorm Common Room. Continue reading
With the rest of the patch team on kayak and down island rotations, Aidan and I were the only two in research class last week. Although it was only been the two of us, we were able to get a lot of surveying done. As we spend our field time snorkeling and surveying, both Aidan and I have realized improvement in our skills. Fish ID and free diving among the patch reefs have become second nature to us. Continue reading