I went snorkeling in the harbor of Auke Bay here in Juneau. For an ecology project, I was looking at the organisms living on the dock. It was really cool to look at, but the visibility was poor due to the blooming of phytoplankton. I still got a few good pictures of some shots under the water! Look at all the sea stars! There are so many of them! I had no idea they were so abundant. But that's why so much of the ocean is unexplored! Because we can't see the world below the surface from above it.
For this excursion, I was using a surface dry suit that was loaned to me by a friend. It worked amazingly well to keep me dry! Although because there was no valve to let out the air within the suit, I blew up like an oompa loompa when I got into the water. I looked like a big purple otter floating in the harbor. Thankfully I had two nice boat spotters for my protection to make sure I was safe!
This is an image of a dock piling. The pole is fixed to the ground and the dock floats, changing height based on the tidal action. The big scrape down the middle is where the dock rubs against the piling, preventing organisms establishing there. On the far left near the top, you can see a sea star brooding eggs. Towards the bottom, you can see an abundant amount of urchins feeding on algae or seaweed.