Wet Lab Field Trip 1: Big Pass, South Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida

We had a great turn out for our first field trip of the school year.

On Saturday, September 8, 2012 our Honors Marine Biology class the 4-H Club the “Wavemakers” met at South Lido on Big Pass for our first wet lab.



The water temperature was 88  F degrees and the air temperature was 83 F degrees. Hydrometer reading of water salinity measured 25 %.









We used three two-person seining nets as well as hand nets to collect the specimens. Dragging the nets through the grasses that lie are just steps off shore, we were able to collect and release many marine animals.


Mr. Keith Wilson 4-H agent and instructor displaying a pipe fish.


September 8, 2012 PowerPoint specimens collected Marine Biology Wet Lab Big Pass, S. Lido Sept 8


Blue Crab





Michael scooped up a blue crab.




Sea turtles begin nesting along the shoreline in Sarasota around May.  This nest was laid on July 17.



Along the shore we observed the wrack line. This zone  is part of the shore just above the mean high tide line where sea grasses are deposited on the sand. This area is identified by the piles of grasses and other debris (e.g. old pier pilings, driftwood), and is often located on a slight “shelf” above the moist sand that slopes down toward the water.


Just 20 feet off shore on the edge of the seagrass flats we saw 5 manatees as they worked their way from the Gulf of Mexico along the South Lido Beach shoreline into Sarasota Bay.

White Heron



Thank you Alena and Beca for spotting all of the birds during our Lab.

White Egret




Great Blue Heron






Two Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstone








Lapping Gull and Snowy Egret




Entering data into Lab books.



We had 25 students along with parents and siblings attend this Field Trip.  Our next Wet Lab is scheduled for Saturday October 27, 2012 at Quick Point Park on New Pass, Sarasota Bay from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Studying science is so fun! -Mrs. S


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