Marine Mammals and Cephalopods

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melissaInstructor: Melissa Stepien
5-10 students, ages 9-12marine mammals
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am Pacific Time

 

CLASS DESCRIPTION: 
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.

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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