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Journals 2006/2007

Anna Hilton
Jennie Moore Elementary, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

"Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction of Tidal Creeks in the Southeast
Hollings Marine Laboratory, South Carolina
July 5, 2006 - August 18, 2006
Journal Index:
March 25 - 26
July 5 - 6 - 14 - 17 - 18 - 19-1 - 19-2 - 25
August 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 18

Additional Resources

July 19, 2006 (Part 2)
Back at the Lab: Preparing the biota samples

Travis, the sonde boy, preparing the sondes for the trip home

When we returned to the Marine Extension Service Station, Travis immediately took the sondes from each order into the lab to clean them. Travis cleaned and packed all of the sondes for the trip back to Charleston. Kolo had already begun processing his oyster sample from Burnett Creek. The other teams had arrived earlier and were in the middle of cleaning their equipment and preparing the biota samples caught by trawl and seine in the both orders of Burnett Creek.

Researchers rinsing the mud from the Order 1 Reach 2 biota sample. Each sample from every reach will be placed into a plastic sample bottle marked with reach and order number and with the date. The samples will be further processed back at the Hollings Marine Laboratory.

This involved putting everything caught at a reach in the seine into a large sieve. Several students worked together carefully rinsing away the mud and picking out the tiny shrimp, crabs, and fish.

Rinsing away the mud from the biota samples

These were then put into a large plastic container which was labeled by reach number and date. These biota samples are kept cold until they are identified and counted back at Hollings Marine Laboratory. I was surprised how hard the researchers work at processing the samples.

We had to be careful not to lose a single tiny glass shrimp. View full version pop-up.

Patrick was the expert at identifying any unusual fish by their scientific names.

Patrick was an expert at the scientific classification of the biota samples. View full version pop-up.

Lisa, Mark, and I were the last team to arrive at the lab so the other researchers pitched in to help us clean our catch. I had to grin to myself when Lisa handed the plastic sample bag containing what I knew to have the awful odor to Cindy and Angela to process. Lisa and Mark laughed out loud when their noses noticed. Finally processing and packing the U-Haul was done. We washed up in the lab, decided to dine at Wendy's on the way back to Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston. I don't remember enjoying fast food so much!