Week 2: 10 Traps, 24 Terrapins, and 1 Bite

Week 2 began bright and early.  By 8am on Monday I was on my way to Queens Creek, where Professor Chambers and I would place the ten modified crab traps.  These traps were almost identical to the crab pots we saw sitting on the residential docks along the creek.  Ours, however, had tall mesh chimneys protruding from the top.  When the terrapins swim in the openings in the sides of the trap, they are unable to find their way back out.  Our chimneys allow them to come to the surface for air until we record their presence and release them.  We placed the ten traps toward the edge of the creek, attaching them to pieces of wood hammered into the mud so they wouldn’t drift away.

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