[Posted on May 23, 2018 | 103 views]
Virginia Institute of Marine Science volunteer Gabrielle Saluta explains the biology of a Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab to attendees at Saturday’s Marine Science Day. Despite rain much of the afternoon, the event was well-attended by families. In addition to marine life, there were exhibits on marsh health, survey technology, a seafood cooking demonstration and a costume contest, among other activities. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
While weather conditions were not ideal on Saturday, rain held off long enough for cyclists to explore the roads of Mathews during the 20th annual Tour de Chesapeake. Elizabeth Granahan, Shari Cassel, Brian Cassel and Micki Gajderowicz, from left, gathered in front of the Mathews Visitor and Information Center to look at a map before embarking. The group traveled from Pennsylvania for the event and were joined by mascot Teddie (in basket). Photo by Peter J. Teagle
PhD student Daniel Wong (left), volunteer Noah Iveson (right, in purple), and Assistant Professor Dongli Gong (not pictured) gave demonstrations of the technology used to survey above and below the waterline of the Bay during Marine Science Day at VIMS on Saturday. At center is a survey drone, which is flanked on either side by underwater gliders. The gliders collect data like salinity, water temperature, and phytoplankton concentration and can stay underwater for extended periods of time. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
William’s Wharf was a popular destination for cyclists, as it featured both a Poker Pedal stop and ferry rides for participants during the Tour de Chesapeake in Mathews this weekend. Sandy Tignor (left) and Chris Tignor (right), of Glenn Allen, paused for a photo before returning to the bike path. Photo by Peter J. Teagle
Justin Shawnee gives a presentation on marsh ecology to visitors to the VIMS Marine Science Day on Saturday. Shawnee spoke on, among other topics, the ways area marshes have changed in the last 150 years. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

{image_1} Events were held in Gloucester and Mathews over the weekend

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