This gallery contains pictures taken on my study abroad program Semester at Sea, during the spring semester of 2016.
A few of the mountains of Mauritius from the top deck of our ship, the MV World Odyssey (or the MS Deutschland for you German fans of Das Traumschiff). Until recently, Mauritius was the only home of the flightless pigeon-cousin, the dodo.
In India, our group and I stayed in the southern state of Kerala the entire time, and we spent most of our time in local national parks and nature reserves. Here is me with my buddy Michael Collett near the beautiful town of Munnar.
Our ship, the MV World Odyssey, was docked in Cochin, which is also the location of the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. As such, we got the opportunity to spot a number of the Navy’s ships steaming through, sometimes even conducting exercises. In this photograph, we have the INS Sagardhwani (A74) on the left, and the Sukanya class offshore patrol vessel INS Savitri (P53) on the right.
This is an image from the middle of the Pacific Ocean, during our crossing from Hawaii to Japan. It was a very calm day, and the reflection of the clouds made it very easy to spot sea life emerging from the water, and I was able to spot a number of dolphins. I chose this image because I spent a lot of time on deck just watching the waves, and I took this on the day that I first became friends with my buddy Michael Collett. This image is the “W” in the logo.
Before I went home to Colorado, I spent a few days in England, Ireland, and Scotland. Here’s a picture of the famous Loch Ness. Unfortunately, I saw no sign of the Loch Ness Monster.
I was also fortunate enough to be able to fly to Kruger National Park and take a safari, which was an experience that I had wanted to do since childhood. Unfortunately, I got very ill the night before the full-day safari, but modern medicine saved the day, and I was able to lean against the back window thing and have some fun.
This is a sea turtle that I saw on our crossing of the Indian Ocean, between India and Mauritius. I believe this turtle to be an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), based on the asymmetry of the costal scutes on the animals back.
This picture of a baby African elephant (Loxodonta africana) I got in Kruger National Park in South Africa. We got lucky enough to see small groups of elephants several times throughout the day!
Sunrise on the Pacific.
Mauritius was a refueling and resupplying stop for us, and we only spent one day on land. I was in a Field Lab (each class you take has one full-day field lab associated with it) for my Marine Biology class, and we got to go snorkeling! This is me with a few of my friends, as we wait in line to get back on the ship. From left to right, we have Teddy Castro, Kim Kassander, my roommate Mark Oldani, Meghan (with an “H”) Adams, and myself.
Here I am at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town. They had a fantastic exhibit on paleontology, focusing a lot on the local Permian Karoo fauna. They had some dinosaur fossils as well, including these mounted casts of the spinosaur Suchomimus attacking a juvenile Jobaria, a type of sauropod, long-necked dinosaur.
My buddy Michael Collett and I on top of of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Table Mountain National Park is home to the Cape Floral Region, one of six of the world’s floral kingdoms.
In Morocco, we spent a very long time on bus rides to get to the Sahara Desert. It was pretty crazy to think that just a week and a half before, we had been in a rainforest.
A trio of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at Simon’s Town near Cape Town, South Africa.
This is an image of the tropical rainforest in Ghana’s Kakum National Park. I stayed there with my friends Michael Collett and Cal Larnerd, where we actually got the chance to stay the night in a treehouse! This image is the second “A” in the logo. I chose this image because before this, I hadn’t really spent any time in undisturbed tropical rainforest like this.
My friends Cal Larnerd and Haley Collins and I visit the Shai Hills Resource Reserve in Ghana, where we had a guide who worked at the park drive around with us in the taxi (on the right is our taxi driver, Yaw).
This is an image of Mt. Fuji, taken from Hakone in Japan. My friends and I got lucky with the visibility, and were able to see the mountain quite clearly. I chose to include this image in the logo because of the iconic nature of the volcano in Japanese culture, and the good memories I have associated with the adventure. This image makes up the first “R” in the logo.
In Vietnam, I got the opportunity to check out the fascinating karst landscape of Ha Long Bay.
A pair of what I believe to be long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis), two days away from Cape Town, South Africa.
Michael “Big Mike” Collett riding on the back of a dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius in the Sahara Desert in Morocco on Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Photo Credit Zack Neher
Meredith Leung riding on the back of a dromedary camel Camelus dromedarius in the Sahara Desert in Morocco on Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Photo Credit Zack Neher
A dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) silhouetted against the horizon in the Sahara Desert in Morocco on Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Photo Credit Zack Neher
An adult red-footed booby (Sula sula) lands on the mast of the MV World Odyssey, next to a juvenile of the same species, in the Pacific Ocean on Semester at Sea.
A wild masked booby (Sula dactylatra) one day out from Hawaii between Hawaii and Japan in the Pacific Ocean as viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey on Semester at Sea.
A red-footed booby (Sula sula) in pursuit of a flying fish (family Exocoetidae) in the Pacific Ocean a day out from Hawaii between Hawaii and Japan as viewed from the deck of the MV World Odyssey on Semester at Sea.