Wednesday, 20 April 2016

CONGRATULATIONS and all the best!!!


On behalf of the S'Agulla Team and myself, we would like to congratulate you for all the hard work. WELL DONE!!!

You have done lovely presentations to introduce yourselves and showed us a little about the bit of ocean that you enjoy!

Now we know that the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) is not even. Compared to last January average SST it is about 0.5-2ºC colder, but looking at the average of the past 13 years is actually about 1ºC warmer! And you don’t agree with the year of smallest and largest SST, year 2003 was both things at different parts of the Mediterranean Sea!

Taking the measure of the Secchi disk didn't go well, but it is an important measure to know indirectly how much plankton there is in the water. Remember that plankton is the base of the marine food chain!

The beaches you have been surveying have hardly any tides, but the Mediterranean Sea is not a lake, otherwise the SST would be the same all over.

You have surveyed natural and artificial beaches and seen that in spite having similar grain size the sand accumulates differently. In turn, it also reacts differently to the action of the sea and wind and that’s why you have different beach profiles!

And it has been fantastic to know your ‘marine menu’, so you love red shrimps but you really catch more sardines! The kinds of fish you eat are mostly small species except in Sardinia you’ve included swordfish. And at the Ebro delta you certainly have a different diet!

Looking forward to seeing your audioguides as soon as possible. Some of you have little to go before the end of the term!

Thank you for all your collaboration!!!!

All the best!

Sharky and The S'Agulla Team

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