Our students who participated in the Marine Career Day Program had the opportunity to check on the block left under the pier at Hatfield Marine Science Center. By February 7, 2003 the block had been in the ocean nearly six months. We found barnacles, mussels, hermit crabs, kelp crab, ribbon worm, ghost shrimp, isopods, and a small sculpin.
A second block (the one we examined in September 2002 and then returned to the water) had many of the same organisms as the new block. In addition to those organisms it also had obelia, tunicates and traces of the algae and seaweed we found in September.