We’re here once again at John Pennekamp in Key Largo!
Key Largo is the first of the fabulous Florida Keys and is the self-proclaimed Dive Capital of the World. It is home to the world’s largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the African Queen. What more can I say?
It’s good to be back and see some familiar faces and sights.
All you need is a good dose of vitamin sea.
Making and then putting everything together
Seagrass is important
Seagrasses are sensitive to changes in the environment and act as a key indicator of the lagoon’s health. Seagrasses are marine flowering plants that require sunlight and thrive in clear, shallow waters. As a key foundational habitat. Lagoon, seagrasses form complex and expansive meadows. Essential to the lagoon, seagrasses provide nursery and refuge habitat for many species, produce oxygen for animals, absorb excess nutrients, and help maintain water quality. Do I sound like Dave?
Look up in the sky…… it’s ……..
NO IT’S RANGER DAVE!
Lookin good Open Ranger Dave
I got a great volunteer opportunity, even though the aquarium is closed due to covid and being short staffed, I still get to be at the aquarium behind the scenes. Helping Lindsey & Serena, two great rangers, with the goings on in the daily activates of the aquarium.
I only was there for one day so far, but it’s all about Chemistry.
I got to monitor the water levels in the different tanks.. We never had an aquarium as kids , so this is all new to me. We monitored the Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and ph levels with test tubes, eye droppers, different dye solutions and color strips. We also tested the temperature with a thermometer and the salinity level with a refractometer which is kinda hard to read.
Then they started talking about different corals and fishes, it was like they were talking another language. It was a fun day! Looking forward to learning about aquariums!
Ranger Lindsey cleaning one of the aquariums
Ranger Serena, is holding a large piece of paper for Lindsey so she can see the “limescale, dirt, on the aquarium walls.