The Community R-VI High School Biology II Class traveled to Mark Twain State Park at Florida, Mo., on Thursday, October 13 for an ecology lesson. In the near freezing temperatures, the students kayaked in Tom Sawyer Lake and explored freshwater jellyfish in the mature medusa stage of their life cycle.
The jellyfish were first found in the lake around Labor Day, and as the weather starts to cool, the numbers are dwindling.
Vicki and Rob Iski, with the Mark Twain State Park, gave the students and teacher Mrs. Utterback, a lesson on kayaking and showed them the diverse animal and plantlife of the pond.
Both students and teacher were in awe of the delicate, hardy nature of the jellyfish in the lake. Originating from China, it is unknown if the jellyfish will return to the lake next year.
Mrs. Utterback’s students back at school are hopeful they will return and are already trying to plan a trip for next Fall.