Kelp forest trips 2013

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Syver in kelp

On Tuesday 8 October and Thursday 10 October, second year marine scientists journeyed to a small kelp forest near Fossil Point.

Griffin & Ivan did a dive in the kelp on Tuesday, while Lily & Lucas (pictured below) went on Thursday.

Lily & Lucas

Divers took a video camera with them that is connected via a cable to a monitor in the cabin of the boat so that students not in the water could see what the divers see, in real time.

Pycnopodia on monitor

Henricia on monitor

We even saw a diver underwater: Lily in the photo below!

Lily on monitor

Several students also snorkelled to experience the kelp forest.

Snorkelling Syver

Taran & Pisaster

Johan & Syver

Some of the species observed include: bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) of course!, cross jellyfish (Mitrocoma cellularia), blood star (Henricia sp.):

Mitro Henricia Nereo

Sunflower star (Pycnopodia helianthoides):

Pycnopodia

Hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonina):

Melibe on kelp

Melibe in bucket

A brittle star in a kelp holdfast:

Brittlestar in holdfast

And ochre stars (Pisaster ochraceus):

Pisasters holding hands

Taran & Marc

Fins

Two wonderful trips!

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One Response to “Kelp forest trips 2013”

  1. Miguel A. Says:

    This was one of my favorites!

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