Marine Sciences field trip - St Andrew's College

Marine Sciences field trip

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Sep 14, 2022
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Sep 19, 2022

Marine Sciences field trip

The Marine Science Grade 10 class went to sea in near perfect conditions with Nelson Mandela researcher Mr Travis Smit on Wednesday 14 September.

We made oceanographic observations around the St Croix islands, encountering a pod of dolphins, herding prey fish against one of the islands, endangered African Penguins feeding in small flocks, as well as their rookeries with moulting young.

We returned to their campus, went through their very impressive teaching aquarium with outstanding examples of corals, anemones and bryozoans, and had a session on the preparation and identification of fish larvae with Prof Nadine Strydom, an international expert on early stage fish life.

We followed this with a visit to the South African Environmental Observation Network’s Gqeberha research base, with visits and explanations of the diving decompression chamber, microchemical monitoring laboratory, where the process of metal identification by x-ray excitation profile was explained and demonstrated, and were shown the tethered and untethered biological and oceanographic sampling equipment.