Landed: Brought to land,
brought to shore; in the case of a fish,
caught and brought to land.
Landings: Landings of
fish are the quantities of fish landed (caught
and brought to land) by fishers.
Landslide: A mass of
loosened rocks or earth that slides down
a slope or hillside.
Larva: An independent
embryo stage some animals go through before
assuming the characteristics of the adult
of the species.
Lateral line: A sensory
canal running along the sides of a fish.
Latitude: Distance north
or south of the equator of a given position,
measured in degrees. The equator has a latitude
of 0 degrees, the South Pole is 90 degrees
Leg ropes: Rubber cord
that attaches the user to a surfboard or
Leopard shark: A species
of shark whose skin is marked with dramatic
dark spots or blotches.
Light absorption: The
dimming of light as it passes through water
or any other substance.
Limpet: A group of gastropod
molluscs, related to snails, which have
simple shells shaped like a bowl or platter.
Lingcod: A long-bodied
fish that lives in cold Pacific waters.
Littoral: The benthic
zone between the highest and lowest spring
tide marks; the inter-tidal zone.
Lobster: A crustacean
with a long abdomen and, in most species,
large front claws.
Logbook: Record book
used by mariners to record events on a ship's
voyage. Also used by students in Marine
Vocational Educational programs to record
Longitude: A measurement
of distance given in degrees east (to 180
degrees East) or west (to 180 degrees West)
from the Greenwich Meridian (0 degrees).
Long-line: A type of
commercial fishing that uses hundreds of
baited hooks on a line that can be many
Longshore current: Current
located in the surf zone and running parallel
to the shore as a result of waves breaking
at an angle on the shore.
Luau: Hawaiian feast.
Lures: Make-believe prey
used as bait to catch fish.
Lycra: Stretchy material
made into shirts which keep ultraviolet
rays from entering skin.