MANATEE CHALLENGE #5
- there are no links or pics, we missed the satelliete today-
It’s Sunday Night and we’ve just finished dinner…everyone is HUNGRY. We were in the water twice today and held class twice. We trained in coral species identification and then practiced in the “field” this morning. We swam out to a patch reef from the beach where Columbus landed. Wow! It’s just a bit weird swimming around coral where Columbus dropped anchor. This afternoon, we explored some seagrass beds – turtle grass and eel grass - and some smaller reefs. There were too many lion fish that are not supposed to be here. Hurricane Andrew is said to have caused their release from aquaria in south Florida. They are very poisonous. I will send pictures.
Tomorrow we will begin gathering data. (1)We will have to do a coral transect counting the number of coral that are being “bleached” in ten square meter areas. (2)We have to determine what percentage is “bleached.” (3)We have to measure air temperature over a specific coral position, and water temperature directly above the same place. (4)We have to determine the water clarity using a secchi dish (look up secchi dish). (5)We have to do a point-intercept in a one square meter of coral reef to determine how much hard coral, soft coral, sponge, algae, sand , rock, other ( stuff that doesn’t belong)
That would be FIVE (5) science projects – all while swimming!!!!
MANATEE CHALLENGE NUMBER 5.
Design a data table for these experiments. What data do you need to record? How would you record it? Select just one of these experiments and describe what difficulties or problems you think you might have doing that project. (BIG BONUS HERE GANG)
An excellent comment response would be; “Which of these projects do you think is the hardest to do? I’ll let you know which one it turns out to be.