Monday, July 15, 2019

Do you Sea, What I Sea?

Week two at Camp Harbor View felt like it was the 5th week of the summer, which is meant in a good way because it just feels like we have been doing this for a while now. Our high energy carried over this week and afforded us to catch some really cool organisms. Beginning with a cunner fish on Monday, Lobster on Thursday, and yet another Striped Bass on Friday! Camp Harbor View's dock is not a bad place to fish if you like to catch any and everything. This week was a special one. Not only did we catch different kinds of species but I also felt really connected with my team. This week was all about working together for me. Shoutout to my entire team for being so supportive and cooperative with each other as well as with the campers, it brings the best out of all of us and that is why we are so successful at our site.

With that, campers often do ask us how clean the harbor is and what kinds of things live in it. This week we did notice some plastic pollution in the Harbor which lead me to talk about the history of the harbor clean up and the role of the deer island treatment plant with a fellow camper. He wasn't aware of what those giant dinosaur eggs did, but after I informed him how they help filter and clean the waste coming from the city he was a lil grossed out. He ended up catching this very small Cunner fish, which I consider to be proof of how clean our harbor is. It has so much life in it!
Plastic pollution is real, and unfortunately we see it almost everyday. From sandwich bags to water bottles, the list is endless. I'd like to reiterate how important it is to recycle and throw away your trash so it doesn't end up in the harbor. To help reduce plastic pollution I have been reusing bags and I've invested in a reusable steel straw, as well as remembering to pick up any trash I see that could end up in the water. Plastic pollution deeply and negatively affects the life in, not only in the Boston Harbor, but any body of water. For example, flounder caught from the Boston Harbor need to be checked for tumors from the pollution in the ocean. The flounder we caught on Friday, was tumor free, as it should be.


Flat Side of Flounder
I look forward to what else we will catch in the Harbor!
Until next week, Kharliyah :)

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