Posts Tagged ‘Fossil Point’

A busy Friday for divers at Fossil Point

November 9, 2015

There was a lot going on for divers at Fossil Point on Friday 6 November. Their challenge was to collect marine debris – I was expecting some fishing lures & line, a bit of plastic debris, maybe some rope, but Kevin & Ian brought up the bottom of a boat!!

Kevin & boat bottom

Courtney found some derelict fishing gear underwater and there was a white tarp floating at the surface which we collected as well.Underwater debris

Isaac and Benoit missed their opportunity to participate in the underwater pumpkin carving competition during CAS week, so they brought their pumpkin underwater with them and carved it at Fossil Point.

Isaac & Benoit

Alashua & Malou found some small pieces of garbage underwater and a mostly intact bird skeleton! It may be a Thayer’s gull?

Gull skeleton in bucket Gull skeleton

While I was waiting for divers to surface, I also collected some floating debris that was drifting past the boat along with a pteropod / sea butterfly.

Pteropod

It was a busy & wonderful afternoon!

Kelp forest trips 2014

October 22, 2014

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. ┬áThis 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.

Eliott notesMonitoringMonitor2 Monitor Melibe2 Melibe

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.

E snorkellers2Chloe

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.

Kelp forest video footage 2013

November 1, 2013





The first three clips were taken by snorkelling Steph (8 October 2013) and the last two videos are the raw footage from the dive that Lily and Lucas did at Fossil Point (10 October 2013).