Marine Studies - Year 8 and Year 9
To complement their inquiry on a chosen marine invertebrate, students explored the rocky shores of Barwon Heads Marine Sanctuary to investigate the different intertidal zones. Exercising their noticing skills, students identified various marine flora and fauna and formed questions around why they are located in the different zones; and how this would assist in survival.
Students formed connections with their observations to various structural and behavioural adaptations. This session also lent itself towards the Year 9 curriculum by developing an awareness of how the survival of these species can play a role in maintaining the diversity of intertidal ecosystems.
Over the past few weeks, the Year 9 Marine Studies students have been busy collaborating in the science lab and out in the community. Students engaged in exploring the external and internal anatomical structures of two types of marine animals. A Bony Fish and a Cephalopod in the form of an Arrow Squid. Here, students identified key structures and investigated the functions of these.
An eye-opening, yet shocking discovery has been made from these sessions with students finding evidence of human impacts through small debris in the stomach of some of these species. Most recently, the students conducted a Marine Debris Data analysis along a 300m beach area near Clifton Springs Boat Ramp. Through resources used from Tangaroa Blue, an Australia-wide organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris, students collected debris and input specific data which was sent to a national base.
From this information, solutions and strategies are developed and implemented to stop the flow of litter at the source. We finished by sorting the debris into waste and recyclables, including soft plastics and material appropriate for the Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
Marine Studies Teacher