Today we went to Weedon Island for a Salt Pond Hike. We got to take water samples from the pier and a few ponds. We used a cool collection contraption.
We checked salinity, water temperature and turbidity. Turbidity was silly to check since we could see the bottom so we abandoned that measurement. We compared the ponds and their circulation to see how life would survive. the Most shallow pond had the highest salinity. I think this was because the water evaporated and there was little circulation with the kayak trails since the water level was so low. It was also the warmest pool, assuringly because it was the shallowest and heated up faster.
It was a cool hike as always with Ms. Libby, the IFAS Sea Grant agent.