Digging into the mudflats

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On Wednesday and Thursday mornings last week, second year Marine Science students travelled across Pedder Bay to explore a nearby mudflat.

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While it is a challenging ecosystem to navigate around, marine scientists did very well –  not a single student was left behind, nor a single gumboot!

Students learned that mudflats smell like rotten eggs due to hydrogen sulfide produced by anaerobic bacteria in the mud.

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Sadly, there is not a lot of oxygen in the mud…

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…but happily, there are several organisms that are well adapted to low oxygen and high hydrogen sulfide.

On Thursday we were fortunate enough to use the yellow voyageur canoe to travel across the bay.

The mudflat field trip is always one of the messiest in Marine Science, but also one that is great fun! (Right, Stefan?!)

See Flickr album for more photos of the mudflats.

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