Day 8: 3/3/16

Today I went inside the sand shark lagoon. They had me put on a wetsuit and I wore my water shoes. In the lagoon there are striped bass, tarpon, sea robin, fluke, clear nose skates, and many other marine species. Most of the fish that are found in the lagoon come from long island waters. The reason that I was in the lagoon was to help scrub and clean the sides of the exhibit. I also helped move and smooth out the sand that gets pushed into piles. They told me this just naturally happens over the course of a few days. It was so cool being in the lagoon with all of the fish swimming around at my feet. It was also interesting to be in the exhibit as opposed to outside looking in. This gave me a whole new perspective on the fish tank. As I mentioned previously, one of the fish in the tank is the striped bass. The striped bass is a very common fish here on long island. They are different from other fish because they spawn in fresh water. Another name for striped bass is striper and people come from all over the world to try their hand at catching them. The largest striped bass ever caught weighted 81pounds, 14 ounces.