The transect practical was essentially being on the lookout for cetaceans, porpoises, whales, and birds at different spots of the boat. We took turns standing in three different spots on the boat for 45 minutes each with our partners. Unfortunately, we only saw one porpoise and one dolphin on our excursion. We did see several birds while we were on the main deck of the boat.
The transect survey was really difficult to me. It wasn't hard, but it was daunting because I was scared I would miss something. It was easy in theory but it was frustrating waiting for something to pop up in the water near the boat.
Not all was lost though- we were able to spot several different species of birds, including the Common Guillemot, Shag, Gull, and Cormorant. We also saw one Harbor Porpoise and one Common Dolphin. The Common Dolphin sighting was expected though, at this point we see Collin every day.
The later part of the day for me consisted of lectures and then running into town to get more surveys. At this point I was pushing 20 surveys with a goal of 50. It was tough to find enough people to ask, and a lot of the time when I asked for a few minutes of their time they would say no.