Just in time for the holidays, MSMC visited Acklins and Crooked Island! In late November, Falon Cartwright and Rebecca Strachan of BREEF headed to the southern Bahamas to lead programs for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders from Crooked Island High School and Acklins Central High School. Acklins and Crooked Island are considered to be some of the most remote inhabited islands in The Bahamas. With only 350 inhabitants, residents live close to nature and of course, enjoy their conch!
Crooked Island students were able to travel to a nearby conch midden to measure and record the lip thickness of shells. On Acklins, there were no conch middens close enough for students to travel to, so Falon and Rebecca had to bring the conch midden to the school…well, not all of it, thankfully! With some friendly help, the BREEF team hauled over 150 shells from a distant midden to the school for students to measure. With all the shells measured, the groups of students got a chance to review the data they collected back in the classroom and discuss their findings.