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At Sea with the Bold: Tiger Sharks Attack!

2008 October 1
Two staff members, Margot Perez-Sullivan and Margaret Ford, joined nine environmental scientists and the crew of EPA’s Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) Bold to document science and research in action. Read the blog posts by Margot Perez-Sullivan from our San Francisco office to get an in-depth look at some of what’s involved in protecting our waters

Day 3 (9.7.08):

Just finished my shift. My hands are freezing and I’m knackered, but it was so much fun! With great interest I sieved the benthic grabs and found a tiny Dungeness crab, a shrimp and tons of worms, some of which were very colorful.

Amy is on the Periwinkles team, but she stuck around a long time to help us out. She told me what the little critters were and is so fun to work with, it’s great. The Tiger Sharks worked well together and we kept a good pace going throughout. We were lucky to get a lot of good grabs without having to take grab after grab after grab to get a good one.

photo of workers sieving through sedimentTiger Sharks managed to get 10 sediment grabs for a total of 20 samples. It’s great to have such knowledgeable people around me that can not only tell me what all these little critters but are so passionate about their work. Amy with her infinite marine biology knowledge made the sieving go by so much faster. And I learned something. Bonus!

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  1. Brenda-EPA permalink
    October 2, 2008

    I have enjoyed the Bold series on Greenversations a lot.
    I have worked at the Bold twice during Caribbean survey, taking students and general public for tours of the ship. This is a wonderful experience.

  2. Josh wendt permalink
    October 14, 2008

    Sharks can swim and the have teeth a just learned that in college
    and im studing to be a marina bioaligest. Reply if you think I can be
    a good fish studier.

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