Well, at long last you can use your smartphone as a microscope! Check out this $10 instructables hack. Out on Hurricane there are plenty of cool critters to see under a microscope with just a few plankton tows. We had fun with one of our most recent programs, the Eastern Maine Skippers, collecting zoo and phytoplankton from the waters just off Hurricane Island. Check out some of the critters we saw below:
But what else can you do with your phone? Try signing up for Marine Debris Tracker so you can record what you find on the coastline during your beach combing adventures! Or how about recording the cool intertidal invertebrates you find with Project Noah. There are tons of ways you can contribute to science while having fun doing it, so get to it!