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City Day students continue coral reef work in Bimini

A group of City Day students and teachers explored a variety of undersea habitats this summer as part of the school's annual Coral Reef Research Expedition, which allows students to conduct research and share data with working scientists in a beautiful natural environment.

A City Day student in scuba gear underwater

This year's expedition took place in the waters near Bimini, part of the Bahamas. Seven City Day students and a group of teachers lived aboard the R/V Coral Reef II, a Shedd Aquarium research vessel. They explored and recorded data about sea grass beds, mangroves, artificial reefs, and exposed reefs. 

This summer was the 20th year for the research expedition, which has become one of City Day's signature programs. In that time, our students have recorded and shared data with working scientists throughout the world via such organizations as REEF. City Day's work  caught the attention of noted conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, who once visited with City Day students at the school. The program is regularly cited by participants as a highlight of their City Day experience. 

City Day students and teacher pose outside a research boat in the Bahams
A City Day student holds a starfish under water
City Day students relax on the boat after research coral reefs underwater
City Day students pose on land after a coral reef expedition
City Day students on the research vessel in the Bahamas
Three Chicago City Day School students after a research dive
City Day students on a research vessel after an underwater dive
A City Day student examines a specimen he found in the ocean

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