Woo Hoo, we finally got to go out on a boat!! What a perfect day it was for it too.
The sun was shining. We got a little taste of what it would be like to be fisherman. The first group boarded The Kalipi at eight in the morning; obviously too early for some because one of us almost got pulled in by a tangling rope.
Out on the boat.
Each of the three groups spent two hours lowering the trawling net into Yaquina Bay for ten minutes and counting and measuring the fish caught.
Among crabs, shrimps, and a ton of english sole we caught two new species of fish, the kelp greenling (Hexagrammos decagrammus) and the snake prickleback (Lumpenus sagitta). By two o'clock all the groups had finished trawling and we met up for one last lecture.
Meghan measuring a flounder.
Dr. Heppell gave us a quick lecture on his work in the Caribbean. He talked about the reproductive challenges Nassau grouper face in the Cayman islands.
Nassu Grouper looking adorable
That night we studied really hard for our test the next day. with Some of us not getting to bed until three in the morning, we woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at eight for our finals. And we NAILED IT!
Aubree and Anna getting their study on.