|My Big Catch!|
After catching our Striped Bass, we continued onto Lovells Island, where we spent time walking around and swimming in tide pools. We managed to find similar marine life to what we found by the Barking Crab including different types of crabs. The crabs included invasive Asian shore crabs, as well as green crabs, and hermit crabs. We also found Common Periwinkles, and Rough Periwinkles attached to many rocks in the tide pools. Along the shore, and in the water there was rock weed with large poppers and Northern Rock Barnacles. There were also Orange Sheath Tunicates, and while there used to be more, they have depleted because they smack into rocks and fall off other rocks during storms. This does not happen as much in the harbor, which is part of why the Orange Sheath Tunicates are so popular on the docks.
After spending time in the water, we made our well back to the Belle where we would dissect, and clean the Striped Bass on the way back to port. Starting out, Captain Charlie cleaned out the fish's insides, and showed us the different parts of the fish's anatomy. We took a look at the bass's stomach contents, and concluded that it had eaten shrimp, and other small sea animals. It was quite a treat to see the dissection before us, and watch how to clean a fish. Some also ate some of Bruce's home made Ceviche, but I was not adventurous to try it. Regardless, it was a great experience, and a great time on the water! It was a great way to spend a Monday, as we got to fish and swim, and learn about some things I have never seen before.
|The Big Catch!|
|After the Dissection|