The weeks have been going by so quickly, that it is surprising and a little alarming to be looking at presenting our projects in two short weeks. We have started thinking about those presentations by reflecting on the Hawaii interns’s presentations.
A big highlight of this week was helping out with NOAA'S fish cutting party, as mentioned earlier in last week's blog. Never having gutted a fish, I went through a big learning curve with the Chinook, Coho and Steelhead, and now can cleanly and efficiently dissect juvenile salmon.
|A juvenile salmon waiting|
to be dissected
|The F/V Miss Yvonne|
|Putting the beam trawl in the water.|
|Measuring larger fish so that they can be|
released if they are greater than 150 mm.
We caught many other exciting things besides our juvenile flatfish that we were after. We only kept fish that were under 150 mm in length, and tossed the rest of it back. Most hauls saw many shrimp, while Dungeness crab, sea nettles and sea stars frequently came up as well. Following are pictures of some of the neat organisms we encountered:
|The contents of our last beam trawl of the day: |
many flatfish and one beautiful sunflower star.
|A juvenile squid|
|Warty poacher displaying mating colors,|
along with many juvenile Dungeness crab
|Big skate egg case. We could feel life inside!|
They usually hold 4-5 embryos.
|Although this is not the best |
quality photo, this was a really cool
looking nudibranch, otherwise known as
a sea slug. To the right and barely
visible is a clear ctenophore .
|Staghorn sculpin. The horns hold poison!|
We sorted the very small flattish from the krill using forceps, a task that could have made us very sea sick, but that was actually very easy to do, thanks to the flawlessly calm water that day.
|Katlyn, on left, sorting fish.|
|Making friends. This one was big enough to be |
tossed back after being measured