Day 6 - I Don't Think You're Ready For This Jelly

I didn’t know where I was when my alarm went off this morning, I think I was completely warn out after all this hard work! When I did realise, I was suddenly feeling a bit sad knowing that today was our last day of seagrass mapping. I think I finally have my sea legs (you might need to google that one kids, it doesn’t mean I have the actual sea as my legs!). I’m used to feeling like I’m constantly rocking on a boat, even on dry land and I could rattle off a few seagrass species found in Moreton Bay if you wanted me to, but you probably don't

 
jellies
 
Today I was doing two activities. In the morning using the underwater camera on Velella, the big boat and in the afternoon diving for some seagrass samples off Tender, the much smaller boat.
To start the day our team got to look at all the area’s we had mapped on the trip from the GPS system on Velella. We had done a LOT!
 
                            Velella GPS system                                Recording sheet and screen from underwater camera           Pulling the underwater camera back on board
 velella GPS           data Friday            Underwater camera
 
 
At one of the sites we were sampling we noticed some strange bubbles on the underwater camera, blocking our view of any seagrass on the seabed. Then all of a sudden Velella was surrounded by thousands of blue jelly fish. As we turned the boat motor off, they seemed to swarm towards our boat even more. I was wondering if this was a planned event by the Jellies to come aboard and take over Velella! I was quite glad I wasn’t diving off the boat for seagrass samples when the jellies arrived. It would’ve been a bit stingy! 
The Jellies didn’t end up taking over Velella by the way, they just floated on by with out too much of a care.
 
                        The Jelly Fish take over.                                                                              Velella                                                                                Jelly Fish close up
sea jelly 2                   Velella            sea jelly 1  
 
In the afternoon I popped on the snorkel gear again and jumped on Tender. I was hoping the swarm of Jellies had moved on by this stage. And luckily there were no more sightings of the swarm. I did get a little bit scared diving off Tender near some coral and rock when Mitch, Tender’s captain, said to be careful grabbing the seagrass from this area as it was a favourite habitat of a poisonous fish that looks like a stone, called a Stone Fish. A lot of thought went into naming that fish! I had a very quick look at this site and then happily got out of there!
 
We spent the rest of the afternoon diving for seagrass and collecting our last bit of data for the scientists. We even came across an old ship wreck, it looked a bit spooky to me so we headed in the opposite direction. I’m sure it was much too spooky for any seagrass to grow there, so we just assumed there was none there. A scientific enough reason I thought!
 
The day finished with an explore of a sand island that popped up out of the bay, something you couldn’t do with a bigger boat so I was thankful I was on Tender. It’s usually hidden when the tide is high, so that’s why we hadn’t seen it before. There’s no escaping that seagrass though, we found some on the tidal flats of the island, so added that to our seagrass data recording sheet.
 
We were then happy to be back on dry land and heading off to Point Lookout for a well earned dinner!