We did actual field work and tested the salinity, current, pH, and turbidity of the bay. The next morning, my teacher and our group woke up at four o’clock in the morning and drove to Assateague Island beach to watch the sunrise. The trip that day was to the intertidal zone of Wallop’s Island. We hiked through a muddy path and spent the day on a sandy shore near the marsh. The intertidal zone is the area of land that it visible during low tide and covered at high tide.
To catch food they hook onto seagrass and are well camouflaged and catch drifting tiny animals like brine shrimp, copepods, and freshly hatched shrimp larvae. They prey is sucked near through the snout. Food progress in the seahorse is very fast causing it to absorb little nutrients. Because of this the sea horse can consume up to 3,000 brine shrimp a day (Animal Diversity Web). The Dwarf Seahorse’s predators include tunas, dorados, skates and rays, penguins, crabs, and water birds.
I ended up catching 2 more barracuda and that was about it. After the long hour and a half trip back to the dock the captain took what we caught and skinned so we could grille it out. As he was skinning it I could hear the sea gulls floating in the water right under the table just waiting for any little scrap to fall so they could get a quick easy meal. Deep sea fishing has to be one of those things I will never forget and hope to do again in the future or even buy a boat of my own and do it myself.
This island is privately owned, and can only be accessed from land if you are staying in the local resort. Thankfully, you can snorkel a couple hundred meters out from the shore, and many charters and snorkeling tours will take you there. There is a 7-kilometer long coral reef along Mnemba Island. This island offers you some of the best chances for spotting dolphins, whale sharks, humpback whales, and turtles, since the water is a bit deeper here. You can also see Lion fish, stingrays and moray eels clamoring around the reef.
We were both super excited to experience something we had never done before. The morning of our scuba diving trip we had to go meet our scuba diving instructor for him to go over rules. Then we had a break to go eat lunch and rest a little before we went out into the ocean. After our break, we came back to the hotel and prepared to go out on the boat to where we were actually scuba diving.
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We wondered if they had ever contained a message, how long they had been in the sea, or how far they had traveled. We made up stories about what happened to them on their journey to our Island. Lunch time sent everyone home. Sometimes lunch at grams might just mean another trip down over the hill past the beach roses. The best mussels could be found under the seaweed at the tip of Barley Field Point.
She said that the humans were putting up fishing nets and some turtles get caught in those fishing nets. I said to my friend Sandy “thank you I have to go now maybe i will see you again sometime” and swam away. “Why did you swim away” Flippy said “Well because I had to find out more” Charlie said “Ok well lets see… Oh yah I swam even farther when I came upon this town named Aquasim. I went into the town and there was a market. Not a big market but a market that was a me... ... middle of paper ... ...here I am” and I went off to go see my family.