Yesterday afternoon I had the chance to explore a place I’d never been with some incredible people!
The weather was brisk, cold, and rainy, but somehow it made it even more fun to be outside, digging into this swamp.
We filled tubes, bottles, and pans with samples of the swamp’s water and soil.
Every sample was just teeming with life!!!
I was really quite surprised by the density of organisms, in even unfiltered samples.
Here are a few quick & dirty videos I took just to give a sense of the density.
I’d like to come back to this spot soon & see how much biodiversity I can document in a day. There was so much to see, I can’t imagine what all I could find.
In marine samples I’ve collected in the past, copepods tend to be abundant.
But this time I noticed a copepod with eggs that had had a striking rainbow tube connecting the sac to the body?!
Thanks to everyone for such a great afternoon!
Until next time!