Published: February 1st 2010February 1st 2010
So I am a little behind on keeping up with this so let me fill you in on what's been going on down here.
Thursday: Ended up going out in the field, just me Jenn and Sheri. We went to Manatee park first for about an hour, I got to scrape a manatee that was hanging out beside the sea wall, although I only did get a tiny bit of skin from it. I hope it will be sufficient for the genetic sampling. Then since the weather was so nice we ended up not taking the boat out but went to Matlacha Isles and did our rounds of surveying from people's docks. We were at this one site I think 7A and this guy across the canal was like "Hey, you can come use our kayaks" so we were like, uh ok, and drove around and then Jenn and I got to go out and kayak for manatees with the goal of trying to capture some photos. Unfortunately we were too level with them so it made it difficult but it was nice to get to kayak at least!
Friday: Drove up to the path lab to watch some manatee necropsies. Dee was running late so I headed up there myself, didn't get too lost which was nice, and got up to St Petersburg around eight fifteen. We waited around til about nine and got into these jumpsuits and headed into the prep room. There were two metal tables in there and tile floor and this crane apparatus which was used to move the manatees about. There were about 8 manatees already piled on the floor so I knew I was in for a long day. There were a bunch of other volunteers/staff there so for the first part of the day some of the things I got to do were help label ELISA sample bags, bring bags to get samples, open up the intestines and cut off the tail. Manatees are pretty hearty and tough to cut into I must say!! And their intestines are super long. During our processing of the manatees, more and more kept getting dropped off, at least 7 before lunch.
After lunch , our numbers dropped so I got to help out a little bit more, a relatively fresh one got dropped off so we worked on that until the rendering guy came, so then we had to pull out all the garbage cans of discarded manatee parts and send those outside. And then clean them as well as the lids so I really got to experience ALL that goes on at the pathology lab!
Once I came home to Sarasota, I ended up meeting up with some friends and going to a nice restaurant Stonewood Grill right near my home. Then we went to the Ale house and just kind of hung out.
The next morning(sat) was the day of Gasparilla this big pirate festival up in Tampa. We had decided we weren't going to go up because the weather was kind of crappy, raining all day more or less so my friend Alice and I were going to try and have our own gasparilla so we came up with all these piratey ideas, and just kind of did errands until the evening. I drove over there around 6, we ordered a pizza and then we got the message that these other people were in fact wanting to go up to Tampa so we ate, and then headed to Ellenton so we could carpool to Tampa. Since it was the tail end of the pirate day the parade was over however people still had their beads and pirate gear on so that was neat to see.
The first place we went to was kind of lame but various people were running around in their pirate stuff and we even saw someone with a live parrot on the street! The strip we were on reminded me a lot of state st, lots of little shops, bars, restaurants so that was a friendly reminder of home.
Then we went to the green iguana where we stayed the rest of the night. This place had a live band, and a giant fake green iguana sitting on the rafters! We ended up meeting two actors dressed as pirates for the event who even had real and fake swords, so we got to swashbuckle which was awesome!!!
I would say all in all a pretty fun night and look forward to going back again . Next weekend is the night parade for gasparilla, apparently there are ongoing events for this thing all the way into march which is kind of ridiculous but also sounds really fun!
Today it is raining and tomorrow looks like rain so I am guessing we will probably be in the office allllll day. They are supposedly doing an aerial survey this week so hopefully I will get to take part in that I would really like to have that experience.
Well that's it for now,
off to work!