Thursday, March 8, 2012

Coral Reefs with Somersfield Academy

Fifteen students from Somersfield Academy, who are currently studying coral at school (including the largest reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef!) visited the Institute yesterday and took part in a lab to learn about the corals we have right here, in Bermuda. The students studied some of the coral skeletons in our collection and learned their names.

Next they took part in a mock survey, using the same methods as our scientists use to study Bermuda's reefs, and then drew their very own reefscape.

The students were even able to test out the amazing underwater paper that BIOS marine biologists use to make notes on whilst beneath the surface!

The morning was capped off by a visit to one of our research specialists, Tim Noyes of the Marine Environmental Program, to learn a bit more about the lionfish invasion that is threatening Bermuda's coral reefs.

The Somersfield students witnessed our two captive lionfish feeding and saw just how many baby fish they can consume!

The lionfish is an invasive species, meaning it is not native to Bermuda's waters and that it's presence here is likely to cause economic or environmental harm to human health.

We'd like to congratulate Somersfield on a great job!

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