Visibility

  

The visibility of the water is a measure of how clear or cloudy the water is. If the visibility is noted at ten feet it means that if the water were ten feet deep you would be able to see the bottom. We use a secchi disc to measure visibility. The secchi disc is a round, white disc made of plastic that is weighted and attached to a rope marked with measurements.

Visibility is determined by lowering the disc into the water until it disappears from sight. The visibility is then the measurement from the disk to the surface of the water.

The secchi disc can only be used properly on a very calm day when the boat can be held still enough to get an accurate measurement.

Marine Biology
Marine Ecology
Marine Navigation

ECHOLOCATION
An auditory feedback mechanism in bats, porpoises, seals and certain other animals whereby reflected ultrasonic sounds are used to find objects or prey.

PLANKTON
Small, usually microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) in aquatic ecosystems.

SECCHI DISK
A disk used to measure the visibility of water.