Humpback Whales (5th grade & up/max 50 students) 1 hr.
Journey to the underwater world of the Humpback Whale. Learn about one of the most charismatic animals in the marine mammal world through activities, interactive discussions, and a colorful media presentation. Topics include a history of the humpback, the form and function of this massive mammal, and current methods to conserve one of the most amazing cetaceans to cruise the open ocean.
Coral Reef Ecology (5th grade & up/max 50 students) 1 hr.
Discover the importance and wonder of the worldʼs coral reefs. Students will explore the creation of a reef all the way from larvae to one of the most diverse ocean ecosystems. Students learn what coral is, how it survives in a challenging marine environment, whoʼs life depends upon the reef, and steps they can take to protect todayʼs coral reefs for the ocean of tomorrow.
Marine Debris (5th grade & up/max 50 students) 1 hr.
Marine Debris has become one of the most pervasive pollution problems facing the worldʼs oceans and waterways. Increase studentsʼ awareness of different kinds of debris in water environments and the impact it can have on animals, humans, and aquatic habitats through program ideas based on NOAAʼs (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)> Marine Debris 101 curriculum. Students will define marine debris, learn about itsʼ characteristics, identify affects of debris on animals, and discuss ideas to raise community awareness and action.
Ocean Fisheries (9th grade & up/max 50 students) 1 hr.
According to the most recent report on the status of the world's fisheries by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, fisheries supply at least 15% of the animal protein consumed by humans, provide direct and indirect employment for nearly 200 million people worldwide and generate $US85 billion annually. This same report indicates that 28% of the world's fisheries stocks are currently being overexploited or have collapsed and 52% are fully exploited. Examine marine resources from anadromous salmon, to migratory tuna, to benthic shrimp and more. Learn about fishing gear and methods, the over-exploitation of fisheries, and how the world is working to effectively conserve, protect and manage this irreplaceable resource.
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