Tuesday was Marine Science Field Trip day, so here come the annual critter pictures ...
Here's a sample of what lies beneath. The actual seagrasses are rooted pretty securely in the bottom, but the algae is not, so a lot of it comes on board. We hoist the net on board, dump the contents, and then the students pick through it looking for animals.
We have a priority system and constantly tell the kids, "Fish First!" ... meaning pick out and toss back the fish immediately. We lose a few, but most make it back in the water alive. A few go to an aerated bucket for a trip back to the classroom aquarium.
Those will be released in a week or two, since the school year is winding down.
("Winding down" is misleading, because it's really a time of frenetic activity as teachers try to get to enriching projects that had to wait until all of the required state mandated testing was over)
|A young stone crab raises a defiant claw to the giant human.|
|The shoreline collectors found lots of hermit crabs of all sizes. Hermits prowl the shallows and if you just stand still and watch, you are bound to see one waddling your way. They're really popular with the students since they are very docile.|
Anchovy sans can or pizza.
|See what I mean?|
If you didn't already know, would you really suspect this was a fish?