July 22, 2009
Collecting specimens was exciting today. We had a visitor. A harbor seal came within 20 feet of the shoreline today while we were collecting our specimens. We all assume the little guy was investigating us. What an awesome sight!
We had the honor of attending a special lecture given by Dr. Bass on the evolution of vocalization and the Plainfin Midshipmen Fish. Dr. Bass is a professor at Cornell University in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.
His lecture highlighted many facts about the Plainfin Midshipmen Fish. A few detailed facts are as follows:
Dr. Bass also shared a story about the Plainfin Midshipmen Fish and a small fishing community in Sausalito, California. Back in the '80s, people living in houseboats in Sausalito were awakened nightly by some loud humming noise. The people had many theories on where the noise was coming from including the Navy. It took five years for a marine biologist from the California Academy of Sciences to solve the problem. The Plainfin Midshipmen Fish were to blame for the noise. You can read more about this fascinating story at the following link.
After the lecture, Maria and I went for a walk on the Bodega Marine Lab Reserve. The landscape, tide pools and wildlife were beautiful.