||wet weather kept us out of the streams
we spent more time in the lab then we'd have liked. There were several categories of lab activity.
collected a number of limpets. These needed to be measured and their
length and thickness recorded with the location where they were
found. We glued an ID tag to each shell. Since some were
just a few millimeters long, this was an "interesting"
task. The tags do not harm even the smallest limpets, whose shells
continue to grow. Remember these tough little creatures can climb
Our team and earlier teams had collected a number of
biological samples using nets and traps, and from randomly selected rocks
pulled from the stream bed. We needed to examine these samples, often
using a microscope, counting and cataloging each little animal.|
Finally, all this carefully cataloged data had to
be entered into a computer database that the scientists will use for their
Of course, it was just a short walk from the condo to
this beach where we often watched the sun set and where we had a going-away
picnic dinner. The photo illustrates the rain shadow effect on western Maui
seen across Ma'alaea Bay. You can see the clouds on the windward side
of the mountain. It's raining at Iao and Waihee.
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