Floating Classroom Thrills Whitman Marine Biology Students

With their eyes closed, most of the Marine Biology students from Walt Whitman enjoyed guessing what creature was in their hand.
With their eyes closed, most of the Marine Biology students from Walt Whitman enjoyed guessing what creature was in their hand.
Surprise! Long Island is full of Spider Crabs.
Surprise! Long Island is full of Spider Crabs.
Good thing these guys have their own environment.
Good thing these guys have their own environment.
Low tide on a sand bank in the Peconic Bay provides a perfect opportunity to get out and see first hand Long Island’s unique Marine Eco-System.
Low tide on a sand bank in the Peconic Bay provides a perfect opportunity to get out and see first hand Long Island’s unique Marine Eco-System.
Another one of the fantastic marine environments that allow you to get up close with the undersea world.
Another one of the fantastic marine environments that allow you to get up close with the undersea world.

In late September 49 Marine Biology students from Walt Whitman set sail for a 2-hour tour. They wanted to experience Long Island’s marine life first hand.  Students arrived at The Long Island Aquarium promptly at 9am and were greeted by playful seals swimming in their outdoor enclosure. 

Students then embarked onto the Atlantis Explorer Boat and traveled out into Peconic Bay... viewing and leaning about the wildlife that resides there. The Atlantis Explorer is a unique “floating classroom,” and a fascinating way to discover the ecological wonders of Long Island’s waterways.

The students got to play the "Fear Factor Game" trying to guess what was put into their hands.  The boat spent two hours sampling the water for temperature, purity, and salinity, pulling up crab traps and then beached on a salt marsh where the student got to seine for small animals, wade into the bay, and dig and catch fiddler crabs! 

After the boat tour, students then got to explore the entire aquarium, visiting all the exhibits; the Coral Reef Tank, the Amazon Tank, the Shark Tank, and the sea horses where all big hits!!  The playful sea lions and the ever-hungry sting rays where also favorites of the students.

If you would like to learn more about our local aquatic systems, visit the Long Island Aquarium at http://www.longislandaquarium.com