Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hello again Harbor & Sea Comrades,

This morning we began the field trip with a lecture on the Boston Harbor ecosystems by Professor Berman, his passion makes the more interesting and informative. He spoke about the main inhabitants of the Gulf of Maine, the different sea species and their migratory habits.

It is so nice to know that we have  a law  called  chapter 91 of our great Commonwealth that guarantees the public access to the natural treasures of our seacoast. I learned that the area between low tide-high tide is in the people's ownership and no private proprietor can stop you, kick you out, nor egoistically enjoy the beauty of the coast because if his or her financial power. Thank you for the Obstructionist  Art if that even qualifies to be called art. Not only science but i am learning about law...I think this is very important. I am glad you shared this with us Professor.

Again the tour began along the harbor at 10:30, the tide was receding in the left dock of Marriott Long Wharf which is  a man made one with concrete and large stones. the Fauna and Flora there consisted of a lonely bachelor duck who seemed to be in bad mood, shape and state. I observed two different types of seaweed, Rock weed and dark green weed sharing that corner of the harbor with floating oil and what seemed to be polling.

Directly in Front of the Chart House Restaurant, Professor Berman had a pleasant surprise for us which he was diligently preparing for the last 2 weeks, that's what he said and I totally believe him. We spent a good time there with our fellow tourist enjoying the cool striped bass picking on bread provided by Mr.Berman. The fish looked healthy and I really was imagining a grill next to me as I would cooked it for all of us.
There were green seaweed on the sides of the floating and built in docks, orange peaches, mussel's and clams, also there was a native Boston Cormorant a very smart bird that's trained to fish for humans in the Far-East and Macedonia. We then proceeded to the New England Aquarium where we spent  little time with the happy seals, a purple sea urchin, sea whip of different colors, rough hallow weed and what appears to be barrel weed(cactus like).
Then we continued our tour along the floating dock off the Boston Harbor Hotel, a very pleasant lady named Emily welcomed us there. To me that was the most interesting dock, because I was  able to grab stuff with my bare hands and use China's golden magnifying glass.
The living organisms to naked eye were amazing, never knew the complexity and beauty of life as I have today.
I am so glad for this class, because now I know and understand the meaning of we are the Custodians of Nature and if we do not act as a people to protect those who can not speak up for themselves,efend themslves , then shame on us.
I am in love with harbor and of course  those dedicated activist whom we should thank for this clean and safe harbor. I am not blowing Mr.Berman's pipes, but you are a hero, of mine at least.

To the final question of a list of what I discovered in the docks:
1. Sea Lettuce or Ulva Lactuca, ruffled or lobed sheets, usually unattached

2. Spongomorpha, it is filamentous in ropy tangles.

3. Dumont's Red Weed, Dumontia incrassata.Coarsley branching, axis and branches hollow and twisted at ends.

4. Micruran Nemerteans, Micrura species. A worm, head grooved lenghtwise, mouth on uderside round. No eyespots.

5. Pink Shrimp, also known as Penaus duorarum.first three pairs of walking legs have small claws.

6. Mantis Shrimp also known as Squilla empusa, short carapace, mantislike claws, 3 pairs of weak walking legs.

7. Hairy Hermit Crab also know as Pagurus arcuatus.

8. Purpil Sea Urchin, Arbacia punctulata.

9. Little Cockle

10. Blue Mussell

11. Yellow skinny shripms.

I am certain that there much more than this.  I did not find much of a difference between the dock's photograph on blackboard and the actual docks we have visited today. Although the rope pulled out from the Boston Harbor Hotel's dock was much richer, fuller and busier with organisms.

Good Night and thank you all,


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