Thursday, August 11, 2011

Purple Ocean?

Join Aquarium Teen Program Coordinator Liz Whitlinger and campers with the Harbor Discoveries Schooner Adventure Camp. After a week of preparation, our crew of young explorers boarded a Grand Banks schooner and set sail for a five-day, four-night excursion exploring Massachusetts Bay.

Here are some thoughts from campers about the experience on board the Spirit of Massachusetts:
Sitting here at the end of the day, looking out at the horizon, I'm reminded of evenings in Vermont.

Today we settled in on the boat and we're dock outside of Boston in Nahant. The captian and crew are really cool and have let us campers help out a lot.

When we were catching jellies after dinner we realized that the water looked purple. A few days later we learned that water looks blue because that is the color that light reflects in the water when really it is clear. The fact that it looked purple, which in the scheme of colors is the first to disappear when the light starts to get low. Someone heard something about purple dye being put in the water. That may have been the cause, as irresponsible as it is to put dye in the ocean.  It is very harmful to fish and other plants and animals that need the water to survive.


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