Posts Tagged ‘year 39’

IB exam 2014

May 2, 2014

Year 39 IBGetting ready

Congratulations year 39 marine scientists!

P.S.  Thanks to Nazim for the photos with taken with a fish-eye lens (very Marine Science-y!).

Primary productivity experiment

November 21, 2013


Second year Marine Science students in C block chose to investigate the effect of colour of light on primary productivity in bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana). After wrapping five BOD bottles in each of five colours of cellophane plus five bottles in transparent cellophane and including five black bottles, students filled BOD bottles with seawater and one piece (4 cm x 4 cm) of bull kelp.

They measured dissolved oxygen in each bottle:

Kiera and Steph

then left the bottles on the window sill of the floating lab for 4 to 6 hours:

Blue red purple yellow

Green transparent

Then they measured dissolved oxygen again:


Sophia & Kiera

The data collected are shown below:


And I have to include this photo of the wall by the stairs in the floating lab taken when students were measuring final oxygen levels:


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).

Kelp forest trips 2013

October 23, 2013

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):


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


Two wonderful trips!

Lucas getting ready to dive in the kelp forest

October 23, 2013

Suited up:

Lucas suited up

Getting the briefing from Erik:

Erik briefing


Ready to roll:

Lucas leaving


In the water:

Lucas in water


Thanks for this series of photos, Taylor!

Mud, marvelous mud

September 17, 2013

Syver digging

Second year Marine Science students made the annual trek to the mudflats located just across from the College in Pedder Bay this morning and yesterday morning at 6:45 am.  I am somewhat disappointed to report that not a single student got stuck this year.


Taran was almost stuck, but managed to free herself too easily – no need for rescuing!


Sophia got a little bit of mud on her special suit…

Sophia & Syver

…but it rinsed off easily.

Group photos of each class are below – see how happy everyone is?!

E block C block

The megalopae are here!

May 31, 2013

While the students deserted us on 24 May, the Pearson College dock has thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands?) of visitors right now. The final larval stage of the Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) is called a megalopa and there a many, many megalopae swarming around the dock.


Megalopae1 Megalopae2

On the dock, there are also thousands of juvenile crabs scrambling around.  The megalopae molt and metamorphose into the benthic juvenile stage seen below.


Megalopa & Juvenile

Megalopae & Juveniles

There are also many megalopae and juveniles on the succession substrates that students put in the water in September 2012.

P1010745 P1010746

P1010707 And Ivan thought nothing was using his wire!


Passing the tooth

May 23, 2013

Passing the tooth

Ivan (far left) and Steph (far right), both year 39, each received a sea lion canine tooth from Chris and Sammy (year 38) on the PC dock this afternoon to recognize their outstanding enthusiasm for Marine Science.

Director’s intertidal zone

March 19, 2013

It was a sunny but windy afternoon yesterday in the intertidal zone with D block.  We saw a few things of note…

Ehsan taking note

Ivan taking note

At least Ehsan & Ivan were taking note!


A dead California sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus).  Very curious about the circumstances surrounding its arrival in the intertidal zone.

Green eggs

And we saw lots of eggs – several yellow whelk egg capsules and green fish eggs wedged into a crack in the rock.

Steph & hermits

We also collected some hairy hermit crabs for Tom’s extended essay work on shell selection in hermit crabs.

East Sooke Park – March 2013

March 17, 2013

First year marine scientists travelled to East Sooke Park during block week (D block on 5 March and B block on 6 March) where they explored the intertidal zone.  We saw many amazing creatures and seaweeds, including:

Spawing Nucella

Spawning Nucella lamellosa with an interloping N. canaliculata on the far right.

Spawning Nucella2

More spawning Nucella lamellosa

Lacuna egg masses

Lacuna egg masses

Henricia pumila eggs2

The dwarf mottled blood star, Henricia pumila & eggs (the bright orange goo to the right of the black leather chiton, Katharina tunicata). I have not seen these eggs before and was very interested to learn that this species has only recently been described (2010) and it broods its eggs, unlike other Henricia species which are broadcast spawners.

Amit & Henricia

Amit with another species of Henricia.

Cerebratulus californiensis3

This nemertean Cerebratulus californiensis was crawling on the sandy beach when Alba spotted it.  Alba certainly has an eye for worms – she also spotted the nereid worm pictured below.

Nereis vexillosa

The worm (Nereis vexillosa) did show off its big black jaws (but not in this photo unfortunately).

Lucas & Solaster

Lucas found this striped sun star, Solaster stimpsoni,  which did have a commensal worm…

Solaster & Arctonoe 

Solaster stimpsoni and its commensal scale worm,  Arctonoe vittata (seen to the right of sea star’s mouth).

Kiera & Leptasterias

Kiera found a pair of six armed stars (Leptasterias hexactis).

Griffin & Dialula

And Griffin found a sea leopard, Dialula sandiegensis.


The sea leopard, Dialula sandiegensis.


The brooding anemone, Epiactis prolifera, one with no offspring and the other (on the right) with many offspring!

Decorator crab1

A well camouflaged decorator crab…

Decorator crab2

…not so well camouflaged on Marc’s hand.


Mastocarpus sp. and Ulva lactuca.


Periwinkles (Littorina sitkana) in the crack of a boulder


B block

Students had a wonderful time on Wednesday, despite the wet weather!

Steph filled her boot

It only drizzled on Tuesday, but Steph still managed to get quite wet – she filled her boots!

Here is a fairly complete species list from the two days at East Sooke Park:

Haliclona sp., Halichondria panicea, Ophlitospongia pennata

Anthopleura elegantissima, Urticina crassicornis, and other Urticina spp.

Cerbratulus californienesis

Eudistylia vancouveri, Nereis vexillosa

Mopalia muscosa, Katharina tunicata, Mytilus californiensis, Diadora aspera  (with commensal worm), Littorina sitkana, Nucella ostrina, Nucella lamellosa, Nucella canaliculata, Archidoris montereyensis, Dialula sandiegensis (and egg mass)

Pollicipes polymerus, Balanus glandula, Semibalanus cariosus, Chthamalus dalli, Idotea wosnesenskii, Hemigrapsus nudus, Hemigrapsus oregonensis, Petrolisthes sp., Decorator crab, Pagurus hirsutiusculus, Pugettia producta, Cancer productus (juvenile), Cancer oregonensis

Pycnopodia helianthoides, Pisaster ochraceus, Evasterias troschelii, Henricia pumila (with eggs), and other Henricia spp., Lepasterias hexactis

Oligocottus maculosus, Gobiesox meandricus, Gunnels (one guarding eggs)

Ulva lactuca, Enteromorpha intestinalis, Acrosiphonia coalita, Codium fragile

Hedophyllum sessile, Fucus gardeneri, Nereocystis luetkeana, Macrocystis integrifolia (drift)

Mazaella sp., Corallina vancouverensis, Bossiella sp.Lithothamnion sp., Odonthalia floccosa, Endocladia muricata, Prionitis lanceolata