Welcome to Snails to Whales, Bruce Berman's Boston Harbor blog focused on both the little and the big things that make Boston Harbor such an extraordinary place to live, work and play.
It is also a place for my Boston University students and my colleagues at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay to share their work and experiences.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The weather was perfect today for another adventure
to one of Boston Harbor Islands, Lovells Island. It was cloudy with spotty
showers, but we were predicting some rain and thunderstorm. We boarded at 9 am,
and stopped at Georges Island. There we were told that the trip to Lovells
Island was canceled due to bad weather. However, we got lucky as VCR sent us a
boat which took us to the LovellsIsland. I would like to
thanks VCR and ABIGAL boat crew, because without them we wouldn’t make it to
Lovells Island is a beautiful island with a lot of
tide pools and interesting habitat. One side of the island has a nice white
sandy beach but as we walked further the shore became rocky pebbles covered
Professor Bruce told us to explore more of what was
inside of the tide pools. We found a lot of similar species that we had found
on the other places that we visited before. We could identify blue mussel,
green crabs, barnacles, rockweed, green algae, hermit crabs, and periwinkles.
We also found some periwinkles with different colors which we had not seen at
the other places we visited. Their colors varied from white to orange. We
looked up their names in our book guide and they are both called Rough Periwinkles.
marsh is more alive and greener comparing to PeddocksIsland.
After exploring the tide pools, we walk through the
Lovells Island’s vegetation. There we found some terrestrial snails, which have
4 antennas and they were hanging on the trees and under the leaves. We also saw
a lot of red and black berries and they were very tasty. Our journey ended up
around 1:10pm, we took the boat back to Georges Island and then to Boston.
1.How many kinds of periwinkles did you
I saw 2 kinds of periwinkles; rough
periwinkle, and common periwinkle.
2.What kind of snails did we see?
We only saw one kind of snail: the
3.How do those snails got to the big
rock on the shore?
In my opinion, those terrestrials
snails were transported to the rocks by the sea birds which eat them.