Saturday the dive team was at the Beachwood Elementary Schools bike rodeo. The team was invited to come down and set up our public education display and our touch tank which is always a big hit with the kids.
Here the kids and the adults get to see and hold some of the specimens that the team recovered on that mornings dive. Spider crabs, dog whelks, periwinkles, oyster drills, a baby horseshoe crab and hermit crabs and they also saw what grows on the rocks and bottom here along the Jersey shore, sea urchins, sponges, cold water corals and sea stars. But also got to see our shell board which hold all the sea shells you could see along a walk on any beach and also ship wreck artifacts and old bottles that have been recovered.
The crowd kept the team members busy answering all their question, the only break the team got was where the Free-cycle bike running team did their show. These guys were so good we even had to watch.
The rain had held off all day until just after the bike running team had finished their show. But the day was not over for the team, we had to return all the specimens back to their home in the ocean and clean and unload all our displays and equipment.
It is not always about diving, we do these public education shows to just show how much alive the ocean is in our area and how anyone can help the oceans stay clean.