The marine lab got an early start this May and June with naturalist Drew Bush helping to set up displays starting on Memorial Day weekend. Visitors to the Island were encouraged to examine owl pellets, dissect sea stars or just enjoy the activity in the touch, tidal and 1000-gallon tank. Several new displays also featured an oyster-bed ecosystem and one found at the end of the pier. Additional research projects that were set up included a look at the benthic organisms recruiting to the end of the Island’s swimming dock utilizing the classic fouling plate experiment.
A juvenile spider crab was pulled up by using a lobster trap at the end of Star Island’s pier. This one decorated himself with hydroids, sponges and sea weed to blend in with his surroundings thus giving him the common local name of “decorated crab.”