Thursday, April 5, 2012

Another Sunny Day in the Intertidal

Today we woke up to another gorgeous day. With the sun streaming in the windows of our lecture room this morning, we began addressing the world of worms. After lunch, we made our way to the laboratory to sketch and describe the invertebrates we had collected at the docks and Boiler Bay. The colored pencils were out as everyone did their best to illustrate the characteristics of each organism.

At four we loaded the vans and headed to Strawberry Hill for some more invertebrate collection. Again the tide was not extremely low at 0.13m, but we made the most of the sunshine by finding many nudibranchs, crabs and sponges. Our earlier lectures were also put to good use in the collection of many species we had just learned about including nemerteans, polychaetes, and peanut worms. Our new friends are situated in their tanks and we are looking forward to the hike at Cascade Head tomorrow.

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