TAF Academy, Day 1, October 2014
Trip Day: Day 1
Location: Blake Island
Name(s): Shad, Elizabeth
School/Grade: 9th & 10th
Do you have any interesting stories about today…
We saw a bunch of Jellyfish, Seals, Plankton, Deer, Sea lions and raccoons. We saw different types of Jellyfish like tiger jellyfish which
are dark brown and ugly, moon fish which looked white and pretty. The Sea lions were loud, annoying and quite funny. There were also seagulls that circled around the boat and tried to poop on us. The deer left a lot of “junk” all over the place on land. After pulling out our samples out of the water, the water was quite dirty looking and the plankton was small. Overall it was an amazing experience.
Describe the anchorage or moorage where Carlyn is right now:
The island is an isolated and individualized island. The setting is soothing and calming besides the students. It is a beautiful view of wildlife and nature. We are surrounded by trees, plants, animals, and all sorts of fascinating wildlife.
We started out the day with much fog, but as the day went on the sun came out and cleared out the fog. It was pretty cold for most of the journey over here, which required several layers in order to stay warm.
Describe highlights from today’s science and sailing watches:
One of the highlights was sailing the boat and raising the sails. We found it very fascinating how the bigger the wheel the easier it is to turn. Also raising the sails can be dangerous if you are not safe and paying attention, so you must learn how to do it right otherwise your fingers may get hurt. Another highlight of the day was getting to use the equipment. We were assigned jobs and were able to conduct experiments with the materials we were provided.
Do you have any questions, concerns, or expectations for tomorrow?
“Measuring turbidity and acidity in the water is what I am looking forward to doing” Shad says. These are things we have not got the chance to do yet and are excited in doing so. The water is a diverse mix of different things and different creatures.
“ Studying more things on land” Elizabeth says.