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Journals 2004/2005

Debbie Quintero
St. Lucie West Middle School, Port Saint Lucie, Florida

I. "Biological and Cultural Resources
at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary"

Woods Hole, Massachusetts
June 20-25, 2004

II. "Analyzing Data from the Nancy Foster Cruise"
The University of Maine's
Darling Marine Center
Walport, Maine
July 7-16, 2004
Journal Index:
June Intro - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25
(I. Woods Hole, Massachusetts)

July 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16
(II. Darling Marine Center, Walport, Maine)

II. DAY SIX: Monday, July 12, 2004

In the morning I continued working with the video transects but after lunch I started something new. Using a stereo microscope I began examining some of our animal samples, placing then in vials and labeling them. It was another task that takes practice. The animals are so small and delicate. You must be careful not to destroy them with your forceps. The tray of specimen vials must be labeled, example; worms, sea stars, arthropods, etc. You carefully, using a plastic specimen tray with grid markings, sort through the sand or mud and remove the animals. It is slow tedious work. The day ended with my first outing away from the lab. Betsy took me out for a Maine lobster dinner. It was a picturesque outdoor restaurant on the Damariscotta River. She invited three other students from the center presently doing grad work. I enjoyed hearing about their studies. The lobster was delicious.

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