Kelp forest trips 2014

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Kelp at surface

Friday 10 October and Tuesday 14 October, second year marine scientists did the annual field trip to the Nereocystis kelp forest at Fossil Point.  This is one of the very best field trips we do in the IB Marine Science course at Pearson College. Divers get into the water with a camera that is tethered to a monitor on our boat ‘Second Nature’ so that non-divers can experience the kelp forest along with the divers.

Yam (below), Riikka and Tyleisha did the dive on Friday.

Yam

Stuart (below) and Martin (even further below) did the dive on Tuesday.

 

Stuart

Martin

Martin getting instruction on how to use the camera…

Camera instruct

…before rolling off of ‘Second Nature’.

Martin roll

The divers descend with the camera so that everyone on board can see what they see on the monitor in the cabin.

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Sometimes we can also see the divers:

Stuart underwater

Non-divers are invited to snorkel around the surface of the kelp forest and have a wonderful time acting like sea otters.

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Jessica

Back on ‘Second Nature’ other students are doing various measurements…

Caroline stipe

and making observations…

Cyanea

Cyanea touch Cyanea bucket Courtney Simon

Thanks to Courtney for making these 2 trips happen and to the divers, snorkelers, measurers, observers and photographers.

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