Dissection: Students are led through the dissection of a
dogfish (Squalus), with an emphasis on body form and
function, and adaptations to the marine environment.
Dissection: In groups of two or three, students dissect
a squid (Loligo spp.), once again focusing on its special
adaptations. Students who do not wish to dissect will be provided
with an alternative activity.
Rocky Intertidal Zone: Students learn about the unique environment of the rocky intertidal zone and its special inhabitants, with an emphasis on the adaptations necessary for life in the zone between land and sea. Everything from echinoderms to chordates to some new creatures you may never have heard of are represented.
Plankton: Students learn about the plankton in our oceans, their importance as the base of the marine food chain, and the unique adaptations that they have to prevent sinking, and to protect themselves from predators.
Fish Diversity: Handle preserved specimens of fish from a variety of habitats. Learn how the shape of a fish can inform you about what it does for a living (form follows function).