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Zonation: the obvious and not so obvious

Heading out at O-dark hundred, the Marine Bio 250 class made it all the way past the dreaded  ‘McCatchins’ without losing anybody arriving at  Cattle Pass ready to learn about zonation in the San Juans.  Turns out Cattle Pass is … Continue reading

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Look on the Early Side

So, waking up at 5:30am is a little on the early side. Partially because it is still pitch dark at 5:30am and still at 6:00am frankly. Also, I totally did not bring my headlamp, which was an oversight to say … Continue reading

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Salves to the Tide

Fall tides are not very nice people. Uncooperative, I would say. Summer tides are much better people. They go nice and low at noon, not midnight like some tides I know. But with the fall, the tides turn nasty and … Continue reading

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False Bay – Diatoms make a good floor

False Bay was amazing. The quietness was interrupted only by moonlight and the noises of feeding ducks. I didn’t even bring my camera (which explains the lack of pictures). And although I was stopping every twenty feet to monitor ecological … Continue reading

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False Bay Birefringence

(Brit ) The trip to False Bay took place at night… in black and white.  Spreading out across the shadowy darkness of the wide mudflat—divergent groups adorned in the fuzzy glow of headlamps, poking and prodding the expanse of inhabited … Continue reading

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False Bay: On the hunt for polychaets

Stomping around in the tidal flats last Tuesday was great! I spent a little time following Meghan around (armed with Jeff Levinton’s personal corer!!!) captivated by her unbridled enthusiasm for annelids. Also, while poking through the fine intertidal substrate we … Continue reading

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To make Phil jealous: Eumicrotremus orbis

Not going to lie: False bay was a hoot.  Though I spent more time chasing after safety buddy Mike through marginally-higher-than-boot-high waters (Mike was, in turn, chasing after ducks) than learning about polychaetes or stinky mud from the tag-along expert … Continue reading

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Diatoms n’ Cukes

Meghan I have to say that any chance to play in mud is a chance I will take, much to the despair of my mother. When I was a kid I had these little worm/millipede pets called “Dookies” (Phylum Dookiepodia … Continue reading

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Gumboot reproduction and dispersal

For those that wonder what it looks like for and invertebrate to spray its gametes into the water, the following photo is of a gumboot chiton doing just that.  On this particular dive several years ago I saw several doing … Continue reading

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the latest in a series of marine events

Thursday night we went down to False bay to check out some intertidal organisms.  Since low tide is in the middle of the night, we were departing at 10 and getting back around 1.  I was a little worried about … Continue reading

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