Nineteen 5th-graders surrounded Project Oceanology instructor Caitlin Lewis on the deck of Envirolab III one morning last week, jockeying for a good view of the net they had just reeled in.

The children were fascinated by their catch, shouting things like “Fishies come here!” and “Fishy is mad!” as they struggled in the net. But once Lewis loosened the net enough to allow the fish to flop out, the students drew back and shrieked in horror.

Diane Monahan’s 5th-grade class from Charles E. Murphy Elementary School was participating in one of Project Oceanology’s boat programs, during which students test water samples and learn how to identify marine species. On Wednesday, the boat sailed to the area where the Thames River meets the Long Island Sound.

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