Open Ocean and the Weatherbird II
We also spent a day at the Florida Aquarium practicing basic ethographs (a behavioral recording method). It was an odd feeling to see so many of the fish and creatures I was swimming with mere weeks ago in captivity. Finally, after switching dates to account for tropical storm Collin, we went out on the Weatherbird and continued the biodiversity project Dr. Judkins has been working on for several years now with prior classes. We caught upwards of 40 separate species of vertebrate and invertebrate organisms, with up to 300 individuals in a single catch! As you can imagine, the better part of the next day was spent entering our data and identifying the remaining specimens. Can't wait to see what our return to UWF has in store, though it's a bit bitter sweet since that will be our final week.