Sunday, July 11, 2021

My First Week at Save the Harbor

    Hello everyone! My name is Kurtly Williams and I am a rising senior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. I like to play video games, practice karate and spend time with my family. This is my first year at Save the Harbor and I heard about this program through a presentation whilst on the search for a summer job. What really interested me and shocked me at the same time was that this program has been around for a very long time and is still gaining people to this day. It moves me that the Boston Harbor used to be one of the dirtiest Harbors but thanks to this organization that is no longer the case!

    I am a part of Jason’s group and we were tasked with creating a deliverable surrounding the biodiversity around the Revere area. Tuesday was the most interesting day for me since we started our search for biodiversity at Short Beach. We found multiple examples of different types of life that can be found just lying in the sand. Beneath all the kelp and seaweed on Short Beach we had found a lobster exoskeleton and some squid eggs. The second half of our day was focused on observing the different types of bivalves and invasive speeches that can be found in the beach area. What really interested me about this was that there are all sorts of names for the shells that we see all the time and some of them are very rare. We also were exposed to tunakits which are a maroon shaped marine invertebrate animal that have a rough texture.

    One thing I am excited for this summer is to go on more sites and to continue growing and learning with my team.

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