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Bermuda Field Course 2011 :: Daily Report

Day 03 | Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day three in country was a myriad of rain, wind and sun…and unparalleled triumph. The day started peacefully with a lovely sunrise and a great breakfast of eggs, bacon and waffles. Fortunately enough, we found our missing comrade Robbie McNeill (who somehow was lost from Day One’s photo archive); this blog post is dedicated to him. Two groups of UNCW and University of Southampton students left the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences seeking success and all the glory with our first attempt at field ecology sampling. ‘Team Seagrass’ sought refuge from the wind and rain (but, quite sadly, did not find it!) at Well Bay to investigate seagrass density relationships with water depth. ‘Team Mangrove’ found solace in flittering moments of sunbathing after sampling the red mangrove habitat at Walsingham Pond for epifaunal species zonation. Despite the complete absence of beginner luck, both groups attained their goals and returned with data. As a reward, lasagna night welcomed us with open arms. Following dinner, both sides of the pond gathered to crunch data. Alas, and despite our best efforts, conclusive conclusions currently elude us. However, with each passing day we grow closer as a group. And as the crescent moon now rises, we look forward to examining Bermuda’s communities of zooplankton – also known as “weebeasties” – after the sun returns tomorrow…

- Zach (and Robbie too…maybe)

Traveling to field sites via the BIOS bus
Traveling to field sites via the BIOS bus

Sampling crew at Walsingham Pond
Sampling crew at Walsingham Pond

Snorkeling in mangroves at Walsingham Pond
Snorkeling in mangroves at Walsingham Pond

Red mangroves at Walsingham Pond
Red mangroves at Walsingham Pond

Algal and faunal community on red mangrove prop roots
Algal and faunal community on red mangrove prop roots

Surveying the biological community on rock wall of Walsingham Pond
Surveying the biological community on rock wall of Walsingham Pond

Upside-down jellyfish on bottom of Walsingham Pond
Upside-down jellyfish on bottom of Walsingham Pond

Exploring Bermuda’s caves after we finished sampling
Exploring Bermuda’s caves after we finished sampling

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