SEA Currents: seascape2
July 26, 2017
Woods Hole Adventure
This morning we had a voyage to Woods Hole to explore the ecosystem of the Cape’s water. We started the day with a boat ride. On the boat we used many oceanographic instruments such as underwater sled, a dredge, and CTD (which records, temperature, salinity, and depth of water). We used the dredge to get animals that live on the ocean floor. We found star fish, sea urchin, scallops, spider crab, jelly fish and whelk.
July 25, 2017
Sippewissett Salt Marsh
Today, our 2nd day of SEAScape, and actually our first full day, we took a field trip to the Sippewissett salt marsh. After arriving by shuttle, we explored the extensive marsh, and collected samples of critters such as crabs, minnows, shrimp, pike fish, and other aquatic species that we were able to find and catch with nets. After exploring the winding streams and ponds full of diverse organisms we deposited all that were found into buckets, making sure to separate larger crabs, and potential natural predators from smaller creatures, so as to ensure the survival of as many organisms as possible.
July 24, 2017
Welcome SEASCape Session 2!
Despite the rainy and gloomy Monday weather excitement was high as we welcomed 25 new SEASCape students to the campus for Session 2! They come from all over the country and the world bringing their interests and eagerness to learn over the next three weeks. After a general orientation with parents, students, faculty, and RAs we broke off in to our individual houses to get to know each other and our house procedures.
July 24, 2017
SEASCape 2017, Session 2
We will welcome the second session of SEASCape 2017 to campus on Monday, July 24th. This three-week summer program at SEA offers motivated high school students the opportunity to study the marine environment from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, literary, and nautical. Participants live and study at our campus in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
August 03, 2016
Last of the lasts ( The last academic day…)
Today we woke up and had a wonderful breakfast of blueberry scones, compliments of Sabrina.
Then, we had a watch meeting where we had group activities and games, before heading up to Madden for our first class, Oceanography.
August 02, 2016
Boats, Boats, Boats!
Today was our first classroom day in a while. We started with a guest speaker, Jenny Ruben speak to us about ocean acidification. That transitioned into a lab about ocean acidification, where we manipulated the pH and CO2 levels of a solution by adding yeast and sugar. We learned that with the rise of CO2, the pH goes lower. With these major changes coming into play on the global scale, commercially harvested shellfish are in trouble.
August 01, 2016
A Day in Woods Hole
This morning we awoke to delicious aroma of breakfast sandwiches and coffee. After breakfast we all drove to Woods Hole, where we spent our day. The weather was cooler than before, in the low 70’s and sunny. We started off the day with the Zephyr Education Foundation in a WHOI marine invertebrate lab. We then walked down to the WHOI dock, we we saw an array of underwater vehicles, including the sphere from Alvin, the famous submersible which explored the wreck of the Titanic and discovered hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
July 31, 2016
Tie Die and Jeopardy
As someone else in this blog might have told you last week, on Sundays we have a free day. Which means we get a few more hours of sleep and we get to choose what we want to do for a few hours. There were many very fun choices to pick from but the final three were: go to Falmouth (just like last Sunday), go to a mini golf or stay on campus (lazy day). There wasn’t an unanimous decision so the RA’s and Liz had to figure a plan that left everyone happy.
July 30, 2016
Today in Maia’s class we had the best discussion about Marine biology. We talked about the different types of mammals such as the Cetaceans, Pinnipeds, Sirenians and Fissipeds. Maia did a great job bringing the class alive by watching fun videos that connected to what we were learning. After the lecture we got poptarts for a snack and ate them on the go while we walked down to the beach called Surf Drive.
July 29, 2016
Industry and Extinction
Today was a quite day at S.E.A, as we mostly stayed in class, learning about Ocean Management with Carl, and the South China Sea. It rained on and off, creating interesting opportunities for us to play capture the flag during free time. Our class also participated in a management lab of a hypothetical tropical island. Groups debated and talked about the industries we were assigned to, including the creation of high-end hotels and shipping terminals, and how they affect the marine waterfront.