Saturday, April 17, 2021

Shell Club Takes Scientific Cruise in Rookery Bay



The members of the Marco Island Shell Club are without a doubt artistic. But many of them are also knowledgeable about the life of the animals that produce the shells used in their wonderful artistic creations.

Marjory Tunnell, Chairman of the Club Seminars, decided it would be a good idea to educate some of the Shell Club members who knew very little about underwater life. Marge worked with the Education staff at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to take 10 of these members on a short trawling trip in Rookery Bay to learn more about the life that lives below.

A net was pulled behind the boat for two minutes and the specimen captured were displayed in water filled tubs. A female horseshoe crab, shrimp, a blue crab, a sea hare, very young fish, were among the animals seen.



While returning to the dock, the Rookery Education team used a plankton net to collect samples, which were later put under the microscope. With the help of a camera mounted on the microscope the staff was able to project on the big wall screen the rapidly moving images of these creatures that all life depends on. This camera was purchased with a gift from the Marco Island Shell Club to the Education Department at Rookery Bay. Rookery Bay educational support is a small part of the continuing effort of the Shell Club’s goal to support the education of marine biology.



The public is invited to attend the Shell Club’s seminar on February 8, 2018 to hear these team members share their exciting and educational experiences. The event will be held at 6 PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive.

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