Tom Ekman, sciences and ecology teacher
Our intrepid band of scientist-ecologists – Esli, Sebastian, Victor, Diego, Gustavo, Sofia, Victoria and Aliya – trekked over hills of open desert to an oasis-like secret bay at the Old Port. Their mission: SCIENCE. Specifically, the students’ goal was to compare their survey of human impacts on the beach and shore zones at San Pedrito with the ecosystem at the Old Port. The group’s hypothesis was that the Old Port, by virtue of being less accessible, would have less trash and more plant and animal life.
The team found crabs, snails, sea fans, puffer fish, quartzite and conglomerate boulders. Students natural curiosity drove the investigation; All sorts of oddities had washed up on the beach and there was much discovery and sharing. The scientist-ecologists discovered that the Old Port was covered with flotsam trash and did not seem to have more marine life than San Pedrito. Data was collected for the students’ second environmental report for Ecology.
“While walking to get to our destination and back we stayed in a group. We also had a leader at the front, and a caboose. The teacher set the pace for the group and the caboose checked if the group was walking together or alone; if someone was walking alone, the caboose said so, so that we would be walking in a group. We all had a turn to be the leader or the caboose.” - Aliya
“One of the things that we saw along the way was hawks and other birds. There was a lot of plastic. That impressed me a lot.” – Diego
“We saw dead crabs, pelicans, sea grass, alive crabs, sea fans and snails. When we got to the end of the beach, we took a little break and had a rock-throwing contest. I won because I was the only player.” – Sebastian
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