Salt marshes help with storm surges by acting like a sponge. they also help by being a breeding ground for fish. At the salt marshes we didn't see much mostly snow. we saw some brids,wind turbeins. some of us had a snowball fight. there was a tower that was built in 1996.
the last day we had was monday the 4th and we were able to go to the Salem Witch Museum. we had a little sleep in that morning, had breakfast and went to the museum. the museum had this giant presentation room where we sat in the middle while there were figurines all around us. the figurines lit up while a narrator spoke and talked about the salem witch trials. there was this one man who was pressed to death because he didn't want to say that he was a witch. after the little presentation, we went into another room where we learned about the time line of the witch hunt, the dates were 1655-2001. we finally learned about the modern day witches, also known as the "Wicken". finally after that little presentation, we went back to the hotel to have a swim break and to relax until dinner.
At the beach, we saw a variety of different species. We found clams that were freshly eaten by birds. We could identify that the birds ate them because they were smashed shells because the birds fly up and drop the shell down to open it. We found a lot of shotgun shells, a shark egg, and I found a hermit crab. We saw some trash which was sad because it's hurting the animals but we picked up as much as we could. Overall it was a good experience and we saw some cool stuff.
We had a fun trip to the Boston Aquarium, one of what we can all agree was a highlight of the trip. We touched stingrays as well as gazed in awe at the giant cylinder tank above. Inside was a diversity of fish swimming around the tank with a huge stack of rocks and coral in the middle to house all the different creatures. The penguins down below waddled, swam or scratched themselves as we stared at them. It seemed to go by really quickly because before we knew it we had to go back to the hotel, but we wouldn’t forget this exciting place.
In the second part of the day, We were fortunate enough to be able to have a class at Tabor Academy. Our group talked to Jay (teacher at Tabor) about water and how to test it for PH, salinity, oxygen and temperature. Jay took our group down the dock and helped us test the water. They had a great facility with amazing equipment. The equipment they had was a touch tank, drones, and an augmented reality sandbox. The augmented reality sandbox was a sandbox that showed terrain and water levels and how it could change. After the class ended we thanked Jay and went on our way to the next hotel.