Today started with our usual logistics meeting. We did a quick ArcGIS lab in the morning and then all groups set out to collect data… at low tide!
The Lingula crew set out for Pyramid Reef so that can do their Lingula counts. They also measured water depth, temperature and sediment depth. Sediment samples were collected and performed a plankton tow. After collection data, they headed to Sunkey City where they spotted cool marine organisms such as squid, a huge manta shrimp and a seahorse! Oh my!
The Montipora crew set out to collect their last set of data from Reef 47.
We measured water depth, pH and salinity, and surveyed the composition of the area of around our marked colonies. We also collected our sediment traps and plaster balls.
While we were out there, we came across some interesting creatures.
Stripebelly puffer: Photo credit: Kaela Stender
After our field surveys, we headed to He`eia Pier to gas up the marine biology boat. Dr. Hunter treated us to ice cake!
Later, we met back in the Pauley classroom to play with our data in the ArcGIS program for a bit before the speaker arrived. Kosta Stamoulis came to give an awesome presentation on MPAs and controlling of alien species.
Photo credit: Nikki Gutlay
Dinner was delicious! We had lentil soup, courtesy of Mike (MAN2)! What an awesome day of positive vibes!
Over & Out.
Pictures of mantas from earlier this week in the Bay.