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Montville fifth graders learn at Project O

After several years hiatus, students from the Montville Public Schools are back to learning about marine science from Project Oceanology. The 19 students in Diane Monahan's fifth grade class tested water and other non-living aspects of the marine environment as well as studying the marine life pulled aboard in a trawl from the Project O research vessel Envilrolab III.

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Marine Science instructor Caitlin Lewis uses a nautical chart to explain to fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville, where they will be working as they learn marine science aboard the Project Oceanology research vessel Envirolab III in the waters of New London Harbor Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Montville students are back learning marine science at Project O after several year hiatus due to budget cuts. Students studied abiotic features of the waters as well as about the life that lives in them.

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Marine Science Instructor Chris Dodge explains the functioning of a Secci Disk.

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Marine Science Instructor Chris Dodge explains the functioning of a Van Dorn water sampler to fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville, from left, Jillian Murallo, Aurora Curran and Ally Norton on board the Project Oceanology research vessel Envirolab III in the waters of New London Harbor.

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Marine Science Instructor Chris Dodge helps fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville, from left, Jillian Murallo, Kiara MacCracken, Aurora Curran and Ally Norton retrieve water samples from a Van Dorn water sampler.

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Fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville Aurora Curran, left, and Jillian Murallo, test a water sample for carbon dioxide.

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Marine Science Instructor Chris Dodge records data gathered by fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school.

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Kayla Walters, left, and Morgan Lee, both fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville, react after smelling a sediment sample taken from the bottom of New London harbor.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructors Caitlin Lewis, left, and Lauren Rader help fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville haul in a trawl net.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructor Caitlin Lewis shows a porgy to fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructor Caitlin Lewis shows fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville how to measure the length of a porgy caught in a trawl net.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructor Lauren Rader shows fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville how to measure the length of a porgy caught in a trawl net.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructors Caitlin Lewis and Lauren Rader show fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville how to measure the length of a porgy caught in a trawl net.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructor Caitlin Lewis shows a skate caught in the trawl net to fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school.

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Project Oceanology Marine Science Instructor Lauren Rader shows a Fluke caught in the trawl net to fifth grade students from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville as they learn marine science aboard the Project Oceanology research vessel Envirolab III.

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Fifth grade student Meghan Hall, from Charles E. Murphy elementary school in Montville, examines a jar containing plankton.