We had the most amazing opportunity today to take part in an educational research boat trip with a group of fellow homeschoolers.
We have been to a classroom experience offered by Project Oceanology before and knowing how amazing that was my boys were beside themselves with excitement about getting to go out on a real research vessel and learn all about the animals, water, plants and history of the area.
The trip did not disappoint! My kids were enthralled all day long and we learned so much!!
We started our day in the back of the boat trolling for animals and learning all about the nets, buoys, and the sound that we were in. We learned a lot about the history of the area, the make up of the water, the types of animals to expect there, and the benefits animals find in making their homes in this area.
|Filling up the tanks|
|Getting ready to set the net|
|Alec helped out with the lines|
|Learning about buoys, the parts of the net, and how it works|
|Setting out the net|
|Looking at plankton|
|We could see them zipping around even though they just looked like tiny white dots|
|Pulling our nets back in|
|We just happened to be there on a day that a submarine was on it's way back in!|
|We watched it rise out of the water a bit and watched all three guide ships help it into port|
|Such a neat added bonus!|
|Our net of fish (and seaweed; a lot of seaweed!)|
|Helping to put the fish into the tanks; sorting through seaweed to toss off the boat|
|We found a few large spider crabs!|
|A very large spider crab!|
|Sorting through our catch; we even found two baby squid!|
|One of the baby squid|
|So much sea life!|
|Learning about spider crabs, what they eat, where|
they live, what color they are naturally and why
they look so dark.
|Learning to tell the difference between male and female;|
females have a circular marking on the underside while
males are more triangular
|Peeling back the tail of the crab to see the eggs inside! They're so bright red/orange.|
I had no idea that crabs started life as plankton!
|A winter flounder|
|Learning how to tell the difference between fluke and flounder (both flat fish!)|
|Learning about Progis; a schooling fish that we had pulled up in droves!|
Once our time in the back of the boat was done we swapped places with the group in the front of the boat. We got to learn about all the tools used to take water samples, core samples, measure depth, visibility, nautical instruments, monitor salinity, temperature, and so much more!
|Van Dorn bottle used to take samples of water from various depths|
|Setting up the Van Dorn Bottle|
|Testing the water for Ph levels and dissolved oxygen levels.|
|Learning about the results of everyone's testing|
|One of the two only remaining mansions after a hurricane came through in 1938|
and wiped out all the others in the area
We had such a beautiful day for our boat ride with sunny skies, warm temperatures and calm waters. It sure does beat learning inside a classroom!
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