Report: Visit to the Aqua Culture Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi
On February 1, 2023, we, the students Of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College including First Year, Second Year, And Third Year, Department of Zoology, embarked on an educational journey to the Aqua Culture Lab at the Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, which was located in the North Campus of the University Of Delhi, and the nearest Metro Station From there was VISHBVIDHYALAYA.
As we arrived at the north campus, the excitement was palpable. After taking in the beautiful surroundings, including the lush green Flowers Garden and the magnificent Vice Chancellor’s office, we made our way to the main academic block of the Department of Zoology where we were greeted by our professors, Professor Dr. Ravi Kumar Goswami, Dr. Priya Goel, and Dr. Guddu.
The highlight of the day was the lecture given by Dr. Rima Chakrabarty, who was also the Head of the Department of Zoology, She expertly explained the significance of Aqua Culture in today’s world and how AQUA CULTURE can play a crucial role in meeting the ever-increasing demand for food globally.
She showed us a video on the setup of an aquarium and emphasized the importance of fish in a healthy diet, discussing the nutritional value of different species of fish.
Next, we went to the Aqua Culture Lab, where we were able to witness the intricate process of Aqua Culture firsthand. The professors showed us the setup of the lab and the different types of fish that were being cultured there in a controlled environment.
The following 08 Species Of Fish were being cultured there:-
- Labeo rohita
- Cyprinus carpio
- Oreochromis niloticus
- Clarius batracus
- Xiphophorus hellerii
- Gambusia affinis
- Barramundi (Lates calcarifer.
- Indian prawn (Penaeus indicus)
It was fascinating to learn about the challenges and opportunities of Aqua Culture and to see the variety of species being cultured. The visit to the lab also gave us an insight into the underwater ecosystem as we saw different types of Zooplankton and Phytoplankton, including Daphnia, which was particularly interesting.
We then visited the Museum of the Department of Zoology, which was an experience like no other.
During this visit to the Museum of the Department of Zoology, we had the opportunity to observe and learn about various specimens of different life forms and groups, including their anatomy, behavior, and adaptations to their environment which gave us an in-depth look at the diversity of species that exist in the world.
One of the most striking specimens we encountered was the preserved carapace of a species of crab. The intricate structure of the carapace was fascinating and provided us with a deeper understanding of the anatomy of crustaceans. We were also able to appreciate the different adaptations that the crab has made to protect itself from predators and ensure its survival in its aquatic habitat.
Other specimens that caught our attention were the wide collection of Snakes, including
- The Naja Snake
- King Cobra
- Daboia Snake
- Pit Snake
- Krait Snake
- Rat snake
- Boa Snake
- Water Snake
- Cat Snake
- The Black Mamba
- Mojave Green
The diversity of their structures was complicated, and we learned about the various adaptations that have allowed these species to thrive in their habitats. We were also able to appreciate the important role that mollusks play in the food chain, serving as a source of food for larger species and playing an essential role in the marine ecosystem.
Also During our visit to the Museum of the Department of Zoology, we had the opportunity to see an array of different specimens, including skeletons of various species. These skeletons provided us with an understanding of the anatomy of these species and the unique adaptations they have made to survive in their environments.
One of the most striking specimens we saw was the skeleton of a species of SHARK. The shark’s skeleton was impressive, showcasing its powerful jaws, serrated teeth, and streamlined body, which allowed it to be a formidable predator in the ocean. We were able to appreciate the adaptations that have made the shark such a successful predator and understand the role it plays in the marine ecosystem.
Another specimen that caught our attention was the skeleton of a bird. The bird’s lightweight and delicate bones were a testament to its adaptations for flight, and we were able to appreciate the complex anatomy that makes flight possible.
We also learned about the different types of feathers that birds have and the various functions they serve, such as insulation and aiding in flight.
In addition to these, we also saw skeletons of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. These specimens provided us with an understanding of the different adaptations that have allowed these species to thrive on land and in the water. We were able to appreciate the intricate anatomy of these species and understand the role they play in their respective ecosystems.
In Addition To These, We also saw the specimens of species that have become endangered or extinct due to human activities and learned about the efforts being made to conserve them. This visit was a reminder of the importance of protecting our natural environment and the species that inhabit it.
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After these, all we finally reached the main room, where experiments are conducted, was a great opportunity to see the scientific process in action and appreciate the effort that goes into conducting experiments.
Lastly, we gathered for a group photograph with our professors, we felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in the knowledge we had gained from the visit. The day concluded with a feeling of enlightenment, as we left the University of Delhi with a deeper understanding of Aqua Culture and its importance in our world.
In conclusion, our visit to the Aqua Culture Lab was an unforgettable experience. We learned about the significance of Aqua Culture in meeting the growing demand for food and gained a deeper understanding of the underwater ecosystem. Aqua Culture is a field with immense potential and we believe that with further research and innovation, it can become a game-changer in the world of agriculture. This visit was not just an educational opportunity but also a call to action, encouraging us to contribute to the field of Aqua Culture in the future, also the different species specimens are unforgettable.
OM PRAKASH KUMAR