Islands and Algae and More oh my!

Being close to islands expanded the options for student projects.

The environment in Bahia Concepcion, Baja California Sur, Mexico is much different than that of Monterey Bay.  The swell cannot get to the islands because they are inside a large protected bay.  The islands have to deal with winds and winter storms though.  The bay has many islands that provide habitat for birds like gulls and osprey.  The islands also provide habitat in the water for algae like the large brown Colpomenia algae seen below.  They look like spiky brown footballs, but don’t worry they are as soft as pillows!

Brown algae covering the bottom around the islands.