Thursday, August 8, 2013

MSI Session 2

On Monday morning seven new Marine Science Interns arrived!



JoJo and GiGi



Not Pictured: Phoebe
Over the past three days, the interns have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of over 50 species of fish native to Bermuda waters. By conducting three different types of fish surveys, the interns have learned to apply their new knowledge to the field. 

On Tuesday, the interns conducted belt transect and roving diver fish counts at both Bailey’s Bay Flatts and Crescent Reef.

On Wednesday, they learned how to do stationary point counts along a 30 meter transect. They used this skill to observe fish density at Rock-up Reef and Hog Breaker.

In their own words:

“It rained the first day, but we still leaned valuable skills like how to determine what makes up the ocean floor by randomly placing dots on pictures then recording what was under each dot in each photo. We also started to familiarize ourselves with common Bermudian fish to prepare ourselves for the next day.
On Tuesday, we went out on R/V Rumline to two dive sites and it was a great experience because we did the transect line surveys which is what real scientist do, so that was cool.”

 – Calum Maule

Also, former intern, Eliza Gardner, has been helping out with this MSI session!