Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Aquaculture

After a 6 hour time change, I managed to sleep relatively well. Got about 8 hours and woke around 6am. I went to the grocery store to get some food for breakfast and lunch.
Turns out it doesn't open until 7am, so I went and put gas in the car and by the time I got back, it was nearly 7am.

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I did math most of the morning while Rachel worked on campus. She came home for lunch and then we went out to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) located about 25 min drive from here on Virginia Key. Rachel had a class there. We went a little early and met Shubham at his home away from home, the University of Miami Aquaculture lab (also on the RSMAS campus).
The lab comprises a research building and a number of fish stock and breeding tanks. Shubham kindly showed us around and told us about a few of the fish stock they have there. For example, they have a large tank of flounder (which are impressively aggressive):
and disturbingly asymmetric. There are some hogfish tanks:

There were also mahi and cobia tanks:

Most of these fish are bred for research purposes by the Aquaculture lab. The tanks are all fiberglass construction and the water is supplied from a pump that just sucks water out of the surrounding bay.

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After the tour, Rachel went to class and I just worked in the RSMAS library until her class ended.

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We drove home through the slow Dixie Highway rush hour traffic. This evening we went to the Rathskeller bar. This is an on-campus bar that has trivia nights on Tuesdays. We had a nice time doing bar trivia with a few of Rachel's friends including Max and Shubham.

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It was pretty hot most of the day. Perhaps not as hot as Sevilla, but definitely more humid. It's 10pm now, so time to cement my timezone transition by going to bed.