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12 July 2008 @ 09:36 am
I'm Back!  
Sorry no updates in a long time! My BF was in town, shortly thereafter followed by family friends, and then my immediate family!
I successfully passed my Phase I exam with no difficulty, and am now officially in "Phase 2". This means more work with the animals.
So far, we are able to feed sea lions and ask for hand targets, and with the dolphins we are able to ask hand targets, layouts, and b points. I get to interact with an animal about once every 2-3 days, which is REALLY good for a marine mammal internship, most allow little-no interaction for the first several months.
The people I work with are WONDERFUL, but our department has had troubles with communication recently, which can be frusturating, but this is by no means unusual for this or any other workplace.
Living in Hawaii is AMAZING, this place is really beautiful and has a lot to offer, but admittedly I'm coming down with some island fever, and am becoming very homesick. (I know when I get back, though, I'll be ACHING to come back out here.)
Everything is progressing well, and I'll offer more updates as I have them.