In Which Rachel Really Appreciates Optometry

A fisherman at Dawn Lake shows off his catch.

A fisherman at Dawn Lake shows off his catch.

 

We are impressed. Everything we catch is less than 6 inches long!

Today I discovered the importance of leaning away from jars of formalin. As we were picking out gravid females at Rabbit Slough, a drop of the stuff splashed up in my eye and I wound up doing my greatest impression of Cry Me A River. And of course i was wearing contacts and didn’t have my glasses with me. Which meant I spent the rest of the day seeing the forests, roads, and lakes as big smears of different colors.

So we only threw three lakes today. My bad! Lesson learned. But seriously. I was so clumsy in the unit this morning, I kept expecting something to go wrong. Hopefully it is now all out of my system. Woof.

– Rachel

 

Lauren counting stickleback at Rabbit Slough. Yes, it really is that close to the Parks Highway.

Lauren counting stickleback at Rabbit Slough. Yes, it really is that close to the Parks Highway.

 

P.S. from Lauren: I use my own formalin-in-the-eye story from the summer of ’06 at Long Lake (which came after our advisor, Dr. John Baker, told me about his own formalin-in-the-eye story at a lake in Alaska from years before) as a chemical safety warning when I bring people out to the field, but I guess Rachel wanted her own (albeit a third-generation) story. Seems fair. I wonder whom her story will fail to warn in the future.

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