This week, Mrs. Weber's advanced science class went on a three day trip to Sea Camp in San Diego. It was an unforgetable trip. On the first day, we had to wake up at 5 in the morning and leave by six ten. We arrived in San Diego around ten in the morning. We met our instructors and we headed to our cabins. The girl's cabin was a giant room with multiple bunk beds. It was much nicer than I expected. The instructors then proceded to take us to LaJolla Shores to go boogie boarding. It was a blast! Later on, we went to the tide pools, where we caught baby octopi, squid, starfish, and crabs. After dinner, we had a lab, where we dissected a squid.

On Tuesday morning, we woke up early to go whale watching in Mission Bay. We went far out into the ocean and it was a bumpy, yet fun ride. We didn't see any whales, but we saw a pod of dolphins, seals, and a numerous amount of other animals. When we arrived back on shore, we went to a different part of Mission Bay to go snorkeling. My group found a giant sea hare. I got to hold it and it was incredibly squishy and adorable. Our instructor found an eel as well. The water was cold, but luckily we had on thick wetsuits, so we didn't feel anything. There was lots of coral and seaweed in the bay and I saw all the different fish that lived there. When we got back to camp, we ate dinner and had another lab, where we dissected a fish and pet a shark.

On the last day of Sea Camp, everybody went kayaking during the morning. The instructor, Matt, told the groups to stand up in their kayaks and try not to fall. Half of the people did and it was really funny to watch. There were jellyfish in the water and we picked them up because they were harmless. Once we got dried off, we headed to Sea World and walked around. My group and I rode the Manta at least eight times. We saw almost all the exhibits and went on many rides. Another instructor, Austin, also explained to us in the end why the orcas' at Sea World have curved fins. It was depressing to hear. Overall, Sea Camp was an incredible experince that I will never forget. I learned so much about fish and sea mammals that I never knew before. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and hilarious. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the water and loves to learn.
 


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