Friday, July 25, 2014
These are the sketches I drew of the striped bass, black bass, flounder, silver hake, periwinkle, hermit crab and the other crab I can't identify with confidence, although I believe it was an Asian Crab. Tide was low when we left the Barking Crab, but continued waxing throughout the entire day.
The first part of out day was deep sea fishing during low tide.
Using brown sea worms, we broke off into teams and fished off of the port side of the boat. There were two The bass was 38", the black bass was 14.5", the flounder was 12" and 9", and the hake was 7". We did try to use the hake to catch larger bass, but we caught all of the fish with the sea worms.
Our time on Lovells Island was spend in the tide pools exploring and sketching different animals. I found hermit crabs, slipper clams, and the schools of tiny fish almost immediately. The tide coming in gave ample time to sketch and explore the tide pool that was closer to the wrack line. We then looked for snails in the trees and someone actually found two! They had bright amazing shells and were gray when they came out of hiding. Their long bodies had two antennae on top and they were as slimy as one would assume snails would be. The periwinkles that we found are invasive creatures!!
The growing tide altered what we saw...and how we saw it. It was a true testimony to the power of the ocean!
My favorite parts of the day were listening to captain Charlie teach us and seeing the lobster boat with the BU student. Ok...to be fair...The after math was a load of fun as well!
flat fish found on bottom of ocean
use their color to camouflage themselves with the sea floor
carnivorous and highly predatory
females release eggs into water as males release sperm
schooling species- smaller schools at younger ages
seven to eight narrow stripes lengthwise
historic name of: line-sider
can live up to 40 years and can grow up to 100 lbs
females grow significantly larger than males
Black Sea Bass:
found on the east coast
has dark patched with light spots- belly on slightly lighter than body
males have a fleshy dorsal hump
most adult males only weight 1.5 pounds, which is slightly larger than 12"
Change their depth with the season
also referred to as whiting
range from Newfoundland to South Carolina
aggregate in large numbers yet do not swim in schools
nocturnal - feed only at night
migrate with warmer waters
live inside snail shells
keeps head and several legs out of shell it takes over
have soft vulnerable abdomens
switches shells when it outgrows them
banded legs, red spots
Northern Rock Barnacle
most common intertidal barnacle