- Introduction and
Scientific Method - Educated people must understand the
standards set upon new information before such information can be
accepted. The Scientific Method has set these standards.
- Aquaria -
The study and care of how to maintain aquaria organisms in safe, healthy
and nurturing environments within the confining limits of their
- While this group includes most of the fishes we have come to know, few
people except those who study these fish as we do, appreciate their
incredible functional design for survival.
- These animals posses no bones, only cartilage and are among the more
primitive animals on earth. Sharks, skates and rays both fascinate the
skilled observer and frighten the less knowledgeable by-stander. To truly
understand these animals and to provide them the respect they deserve
results in a person realizing that they do not have a mean "bone
" in their entire body.
- This group of boneless animals, many of which are microscopic, are
incredibly diverse in form and function and are essential to the health of
not only the sea, but also the entire planet.
- Oceanography and Diving
- We will explore the most interesting physical structures of the oceanic
realm, which can mean the difference of life and death to aquatic life and
to humans. We will also discuss the history of SCUBA and man's fascination
with the exploration of life under the glassy surface.
- Alligators, Crocodiles
and Hippos - These two reptiles while somewhat alike are quite
different. The Hippo, an interesting herbivore that is often as ferocious
as a Croc.
- Marine Mammals
- These animals that are most closely related to humans in structure and
chemistry are quite diverse from our land relatives. We explore the
complex behaviors and unique senses of the whales (which include dolphins
and porpoises), seals, sea lions and walruses.
Behavior/Learning - Why do animals act they way they do, and
can they be trained to behave differently? Those are just a couple of the
questions that will be answered in this unit.
- Food From
the Sea -
We see a great variety of seafood and freshwater fish for sale in the
stores and have little idea of where they come from, how they are caught
and if there will be any left for our children and grandchildren. We have
a need for some additional information as both consumers and citizens of a
major consuming nation.
- Ecology - The class
investigates some of the problems closing in around us and some of the
solutions that can loosen the stranglehold on the very life on earth that
we all hold so dear. What can be done and what can we do are explored. If
the ocean dies so does all of the life on the planet, as we know it.
- **Sea Birds** - A fascinating collection of terrestrial organisms
that rely solely on the resources of the sea; so much so that they have
evolved into their own class of birds. Their physical structures and life
styles will be explored to better understand these extra-ordinary aves.