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Year 11 Marine Science spend the day on Waterloo Bay

On Friday 14 February, the Year 11 Marine Science students headed out on Waterloo Bay on board the Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre (MBEEC) Vessel to assess the water quality at three sites.

Students spent a day in the life of a Marine Scientist by conducting a range of tests to assess the impact of water clarity, pH, temperature, salinity, wind speed etc. on the health of the bay. Cameras were deployed at each site so that estimates of sea-grass and coral coverage could be made, and species identified. There were many interesting scientific findings on this trip, following the immense amount of rain that had fallen in the area over the past week. Students were able to observe first-hand the impact of a flood plume and high seawater temperatures on the health of sea-grass and plankton populations as well as observing coral bleaching at one of the three sites studied. Students had to ‘think like Marine Scientists’ to answer questions and develop their own research questions about how water quality can affect this vital marine park.

During the day, we were also lucky enough to be visited by dolphins that put on quite a show for everyone. OC would like to thank Tim Roe from MBEEC for his incredible knowledge on Moreton Bay and for inspiring another young group of scientists to understand and protect our local bay.

Meegan Henderson