SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
August 03, 2017
This internship has been a great and exciting experience. From the course on climate change, to the interesting field trips, and the cool research. Now that the days are beginning to count down and we’re close to our final presentation day it’s crunch time. Most of us are working hard with our mentors to finalize the work we have been doing for the past two months so we can present our findings. At first it may seem a bit nerve wracking but it’s also exciting to be able to tell our fellow housemates and the staff what we have been learning and doing for the summer.
I started off the internship just cutting up fish and collecting parts. I had no idea what a Monkfish was and I didn’t understand how something that ugly was commercially important or why people wanted to study it. Now I’ve learned the role it plays and enjoy telling people all about the parts and what they do. We finished dissections so now I’m mounting parts and analyzing what we have collected. Even though it’s almost the end I’m continuing to learn new skills. It’s not as messy as dissections but I got to use a cool saw and I can now see the structures I spent so much time collecting. I’m happy that we’re almost ready to present but I can’t lie that I will be a bit sad to have to go.