Week one of Marine Field Studies was awesome! It exceeded all of my expectations. I am very happy that I was able to participate and learn about what happens in our oceans. The week began with soundscapes of the Saint John’s River and ended with trudging through mangroves.
|Me listening to soundscapes with Carissa King on the St. John's River.|
|Everyone enjoyed finding marine life in the coquina rocks.|
On Wednesday morning I hopped on a boat and headed over to Tolomato to long line for scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini). After baiting the hooks with Boston mackerel we attached the long line to a buoy and began to attach the bait. After catching, measuring, and fin sampling a juvenile scalloped hammerhead we released it. Following that catch we pulled in two catfish. To end the day we seined in a salt marsh. While seining we caught hundreds of juvenile herring (Clupea spp.) and anchovies (Anhoa mitchilli). Some of the other catches included juvenile inshore lizard fish (Synodus foetens) and silversides (Menidia spp.).
|I enjoyed being able to help catch the fish using the siene!|
|Image of the mangrove forest Wednesday Morning.|
Overall, the UNF experience was amazing! I enjoyed the variety of research provided by the school. It kept things very interesting! I loved all of the opportunities I was given, and I hope to be given even more during my week at the Keys Marine Lab!