Marine Mammals and Cephalopods

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Suggested Age Ranges: 7-10, 9-12marine mammals


Did you know whales and the elusive octopus are remarkably similar even though they are different marine species? In this class, aspiring marine biologists and animal lovers will explore the shared behavioral aspects of these dynamic ocean dwellers and the exciting implications of intelligence and variation. Students will then apply their learning to the concept of conservation and the ways they can directly impact ocean health.

Our Summer 2018 class is research and discussion based. Together we will be exploring two
marine species, seemingly unalike, and illustrating the ways they intersect through the
behavioral categories of communication, trickery, and intrigue. I’ll also be asking students to
consider the facts and science I present according to a “species specific” approach that
transcends the limitations of an anthropocentric (regarding humankind as the central or most
important element of existence) perspective.

Prerequisites: None

SYLLABUSmarine mammals
Week 1: Whales
Class 1: Species Introduction
Class 2: Communication - Method and Pattern
Week 2: Whales, continued
Class 3: Trickery - Fin Slapping and Breachingmarine mammals
Class 4: Intrigue - Spy Hopping and Migration
Week 3: Octopuses
Class 5: Species Introduction
Class 6: Communication - Method and Pattern
Week 4: Octopi, continued
Class 7: Trickery - Water Manipulationmarine mammals
Class 8: Intrigue - Tentacles and Tools
Week 5: Conservation
Class 9: Marine Protected Areas
Class 10: Coastal Health
Week 6: Conservation, continued
Class 11: Pollution
Class 12: What Can You Do?



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