This week at Hatfield Marine Science center we had visitors! Our co-interns, that are stationed in Charleston, came up to check out our campus and projects. After a tour around the grounds we took them to the South Beach Annex of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife where we do our video scoring and data entry. We showed off the gear ODFW uses out in the ocean to collect data like the Lander, CTD, the Sled and the Remotely Operated Vehicle. After lunch we all went to see some of the natural sights Central Oregon has to offer. Devil's Punchbowl was a big hit and at low tide we were able to hike down inside of it and look at some tide pools. It was great to meet the other interns and take a break to appreciate the sights.
In the down time from work I went to Yaquina Head for an early morning hike. The lighthouse was beautiful in the golden light. I watched harbor seals lounging on the rocks below and saw a few grey whales very close. While watching the Common Murres nesting on the rocks just off the mainland an adolescent bald eagle came swooping in! He/she didn't catch anything but sat and caused quit a ruckus among the murres.
At ODFW this week I wrapped up all the video scoring for the Lander 2012 drops and began to input all that data to be analyzed!
|Murres nesting on rock outcrop|
|Morning at Yaquina Head Lighthouse|
|Whale spout at Yaquina Head|