Maya Cook, a student at Lee High School in Baton Rouge, attended the Gulf Island Journey summer marine science camp May 31 to June 5 at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Gulf Island Journey, for students ages 12 to 14, is a six-day, five-night residential camp on the grounds of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Campers lived in the Sea Lab dorms and learned from award-winning educators.
Students stepped inside the world of a marine researcher to explore island habitats and learn about coastal ecology. By seining in a salt marsh, trawling the bay in the Sea Lab’s research vessel, the Alabama Discovery, and casting plankton nets from shore, campers were able to gather their own specimens and observe marine life firsthand.
Campers learned how remote-operated vehicles can be used to explore ocean depths and had the opportunity to build and compete with their own ROVs at the pool and dissected sharks.
The group also toured historic Fort Gaines, where the Battle of Mobile Bay took place during the Civil War, and visited an ancient shell mound formed by Native Americans hundreds of years ago.