Tuesday, April 8, 2008

3 days and counting till EXAM time...

Monday was filled with the "Phylum" Arthropoda of which we learned all about, mostly regarding the Subphylum Crustacea plus its classes and orders. We were granted with great guest lectures, one of which was from Sylvia Yamada, regarding the introduced and invasive European Green Crabs of which get tied to posts to be sacrificed to the mean giant Red Rock Crab! We got to count crab species in the traps Sylvia had set the day before. Another guest, John Chapman, enlightened us with the endangered Burrowing Shrimp and its introduced parasitic isopod, yuck! After a day full of lectures and crab hunting, we had the chance to venture over to the aquarium to see all the invertebrates in action, and test our identification skills.
Tuesday was what we call "the real fun of being a marine biology student!" Words can't explain what exactly we did, but for the most part it was a "pig pen," oh, and something about those shrimp that live in the mud and nasty parasites? :) Pictures in the album are the only way to explain it, so take a look!


Cindi said...

Wow - I can't pronounce half the words in this blog! But sure sounds interesting. A whole different outlook on shrimp after this!
The mud pix are great - somehow it looks to be right up everyone's alley!

Tori said...

Looks like you all are having a fun time! What a great experience...can't wait to hear more! Good luck on the exam!