Explore the impacts of seismic surveying on fish that populate the rocky reefs off the North Carolina shore.
Most people associate reef systems with tropical islands and warm, shallow waters.
However, those are coral reefs—reefs made of living creatures.
Believe it or not, there are two unique reef systems off the North Carolina coast. They are made of rock but they are still reefs, and while they aren't made of ocean life, they are covered with it.
The first system is found primarily on the edge of the continental shelf, about 75 miles offshore. There are smaller systems rising periodically from the ocean floor about 40 miles off the coast as well.
As I stood in Middle Marsh, felt the warm breeze and watched the seabirds fly above me while the estuary waters swirled around my legs, I felt so at peace.
“This is so beautiful,” I said to Dr. Rodriguez, as he took measurements of the oyster reefs he studies.
“It is awesome,” Dr. Rodriguez agreed. “What’s really amazing, in addition to everything around us now, is how quickly the tide comes in. The water will be up to your waste in a couple hours.”
Everybody experiences what I like to call “Ah-Ha” moments; those events or experiences that change your thinking or perspective regarding the world around you. If we are lucky, and if our minds are open to them, we can all experience many such moments.
Sometimes those moments happen during real-life experiences, such as a vacation or a particularly fascinating class at school. I was fortunate to see, albeit from a long distance, an Apollo moon rocket launch when I was a child. That opened my mind up to outer space.