It has been said that we know more about the surface of Mars than we know about the deepest depth of our oceans. In this block, we will learn about some of the otherworldly creatures that live in these depths, and seem to defy previously established laws of evolution!
Marine ecosystems are gloriously complex, and intricately harmonious, and demonstrate the ways that all living creatures are in some way connected to one another, and can ultimately thrive when this relationship is nurtured. An example of this is the relationship between clownfish and sea anemones, which, according to National Geographic, is “a classic example of two organisms benefiting the other”.
Being in close proximity to the anemone provides the clownfish with protection and a place for shelter, while the clownfish’s waste nourishes the anemone. The clownfish also scares off fish that can act as potential predators of the anemone. This information (as well as a cool image of a clownfish!) can be found here.
Here are two videos to learn about marine conservation:
This video gives some insight into the beauty of following the dream of being a marine biologist!
Having a greater awareness of the ocean’s beauty and biodiversity can inspire us all to take positive steps to conserve the ocean.
Create your own Ocean In a Jar with this activity from afewshortcuts.com.
For this activity, you will need:
The first thing to do is to fill your jar ⅔ of the way full with water, then add a few drops of food coloring until it is a shade of blue that you associate with the ocean. Then you need to add your seashells (if you have any) to the jar, then fill it up the rest of the way with vegetable oil. As a final touch, feel free to add some eco glitter, if you have some, for that amazing extra sparkle 🙂 Swirl and tilt your jar to create the waves in your own, home-made ocean!
Imagine that you owned a marine reserve. Think about the kind of fish that you would like to protect and create some drawings to represent these fish.
Some truly amazing creatures live in the deepest depths of the ocean, such as the barreleye fish, anglerfish, and bioluminescent fish. Here is some more information about these creatures from howstuffworks.com.
Imagine that there is a species that has not yet been discovered. Create a painting/drawing/collage of this species, and describe how it interacts with some of the other species that live in the Mariana Trench.
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