Creature Feature: MSI finds rare albino bat ray in San Francisco Bay

Anticipation and excitement gave way to utter shock and surprise last week when the instruction staff of the Marine Science Institute discovered a rare albino bat ray in their trawl net while training on the San Francisco Bay. Executive Director Marilou Seiff believes this is the first time in MSI's 50-year history that they've caught an albino bat ray. Albinism in bat rays has been reported, but it is rare. The albino bat ray, which was netted by MSI, is shown in the photo to the left. During summer camp, school programs, and public voyages, MSI routinely catches bat rays of all sizes, along with a variety of fish and leopard sharks. As part of these education programs, a trawl net is set

Summer -- A perfect time for jumping into environmental education at home

It’s that time of year again when the Marine Science Institute’s school education season ends giving way to the carefree days of summer vacation, which is the perfect time to delve deeper into some homegrown environmental education. As a parent of four children, I am always on the lookout for topics that springboard from the classroom into richer, more creative learning opportunities at home. My children and I usually pick a theme or two that become our summer’s overarching focus – such as frogs – and then we do projects, crafts and experiments surrounding that topic. For our “frog summer” we: Read about the deformed frogs school children found in Minnesota. Learned about the frog live cycle

Marine Science Camp: Staff training!

The 2017 Marine Science Camp staff began their training this week. These devoted and dedicated camp leaders have come from all over the country to learn the ins and outs of Marine Science Camp. They train full time for almost two weeks prior to the start of camp. Most are educators throughout the year and we are so lucky to have all 18 of them join the Marine Science Camp Family!

Marine Science Camp: Staff training!

The 2017 Marine Science Camp staff began their training this week. These devoted and dedicated camp leaders have come from all over the country to learn the ins and outs of Marine Science Camp. They train full time for almost two weeks prior to the start of camp. Most are educators throughout the year and we are so lucky to have all 18 of them join the Marine Science Camp Family!

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