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New here, need BUDDIES! :)
CareysReef - 4/17/2012 6:51 PM
Category: Buddy Wanted
Replies: 2

Hi! My name is Carey and I am new to this community. I need me some buddies! I am a student doing my Masters in Environmental Studies in Sustainable Dive Tourism and Conservation. I will be spending three months this summer down in Roatan, and would love to hear anything you can tell me about it. I will also be going to Utila for the Dive Festival in August. I really enjoy underwater photography and I love looking for the tiny stuff when I am diving. Nice to meet you! :)
LatitudeAdjustment - 4/18/2012 6:37 AM
Well if you have to be stranded on an island for a few monthes both of those are nice choices. We’ll be expecting you to update the dive site descriptions and post more beautiful pictures, just be careful of what you eat and drink so you don’t end up in Dr. Johns clinic on Utila!
CareysReef - 4/18/2012 7:29 AM
Hahaha, Dr.John!! I never ended up in his clinic last year when I spent 6 weeks out there (4 on Utila and 2 in Cayo Menor), but I did end up at Dr.Jennifer with a staph infection on my foot. Took my Cipro and took care of that, but I missed the coral spawning which I had been dying to see. Was not fun being grounded for 3 days. I love Utila, and Cayo Menor was astoundingly beautiful. I have memories from there that will definitely stay with me for life. I am really looking forward to getting to know Roatan, and the work I will be doing should be really cool, and give me the opportunity to know the place very well. I can’t wait!

I am actually participating in a competition right now to try to help me out with the costs of going back to Utila to get my DM and IDC. If you are interested in helping me out, follow this link, watch my video (full of great UW pics and video) and then scroll down to comment, "like" and share to other social media. The number of comments shares and like are used to judge the competitors, so your support would be very much appreciated!

I have been busy networking with lots of the local NGOs, and might be doing some work for the Iguana Breeding Centre on Utila when I go back in the fall, but that is yet to be determined. I have a few projects I want to do there concerning dive tourism and conservation but they are still in the works. Last year I was there with Operation Wallacea at Coral View doing reef ecology and then reef check, and I really loved it although it broke the bank for me. I need to do things much more economically for the next 2 semesters, which should not be a problem, the Bay Islands are pretty cheap to stay, dive and eat! :)