The Ocean is the heart of our planet. It connects people across the earth, no matter where we live. Each day of the Mauritius trip thought us something new about the ocean. It broadened our perspective on the Blue economy itself and definitely taught us to appreciate what we have here in Seychelles a little more.
Day 2 of ‘Delphinim Ltd training in the Blue Economy’ allowed us, the 9 interns onboard Oceanyka (the boat) to get a slight overview on the situation regarding blue economy-based development in the south side of the island of Mauritius. Truth be told what we saw definitely contrasted with our visit in the North side of the island on Day 1 of the training. Along the way in the boat, we answered a few questions asked by Mr. Vaseen, some of which involved what we saw on Day 1 of the training. Another entertaining activity onboard the boat was the small role play whereby we were given a situation and he gave all the 9 interns a particular role.
Snorkeling above the outer reef was a very enjoyable experience for all of us. We were led through the breathtaking underwater scenery with great visibility where Mr. Vaseen would occasionally stop and explained to us a bit about the different biodiversity including a few facts about the corals.
I can genuinely say that these experiences, sights and encounters on this trip as a whole will truly be a memorable one. Not to mention our final exam done in razor clam infested sands underneath our feet in the water next to an uplifted coralline (something that to me was really odd considering the fact that Mauritius is a volcanic Island and we were not too far from the shore). Mr. Vaseen’s words were truly inspiring. He is the personification of the saying “Jack of all trade” as he holds many titles 2 of which includes ‘Oceanographer’, ‘Environmental Engineer’, ‘Professional Diver’ (and the list goes on).
On that note I would like to say a massive thank you to all my sponsors who contributed to help make that two day training possible. The two exciting days of the training ended with the presentations of our certificates and a group photo.