I'll start off with the status update I shared on Facebook last Thursday:
field trip was great: the kids played with a variety of small sea-life
straight from the net, watched pods of dolphins romp in the waves, saw
an oil platform being towed out, waved at the Coast Guard Station (last
in the string along the Gulf Coast) and then had lunch on the dock. What
a difference from the field trips I experienced in Montana!"
I made sure to fully charge the camera battery the night before the field trip -- but then when I tried to take pics, I realized that I'd left the SD card sitting on the desk. Ugh. Thankfully I was able to get these shots with my phone - not the best, but still some great memories.
There are six fourth grade classes (each with just over 20 students) and we were divided up amongst two boats. Just imagine telling sixty 10-year-olds that dolphins like noise, "So get loud!" Um, mission accomplished ;)
This is an annual trip for the 4th grade class, and the teachers commented that this was the most dolphins they'd ever seen. It was so fun to just watch them swim together - there was even some small jumps, and I saw one eat a fish. Very cool to be able to witness that in their natural habitat, and I'm really grateful that I was able to be there.