Could these crud-dwelling critters be the key to protecting human health? Find out in this week's LiteraSea blog!!
In this week's Ask Asta blog, we will fight our way through the fluffy spume to get to the bottom of the mystery of how sea foam is formed!!
Check out the article in our Marine Science Blog!
April 22nd is Earth Day!
But what is earth day, and why is it important? What can you do to celebrate this occasion in your own life?
Find out in today's blog post!!
Aren't they all just smart fish?
Just kidding! Check out the Marine Science Blog to learn the main differences between these amazing ocean predators!!
Photo from Quickmeme.com
"Slow" marine life is particularly mysterious. As colorful, bizarre-looking, and environmentally important as we know corals and sponges are, their simple day-to-day life is hidden.
We know some bits about their biochemistry, corals’ interaction with zooxanthella algae, their life cycles, and systematics. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what we don’t know about the rest, and particularly when it comes to interaction with other organisms happening over long periods of time.
Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus closer to our awareness.
- An excerpt fromDaniel Stoupin's amazing website "Microworlds"
This month Asta and Andrew were stoked to start work at Sailing Educational Adventure Programs (a.k.a Sea Programs!).
As Mate aboard the SEA Programs’ 52’ wooden ketch A Fine Madness this Spring, we will be taking turns at being responsible for shipboard programming for5-day sailing trips with groups of up to 15 grade 9 and 10 students. In fact, SEA programs runs two vessels; we will also get the chance to be crew aboard their other ship, The Duen, a 22m traditional wooden gaff rigged ketch (shown on the left). Working aboard with fellow biologists, we hope to expand our ocean literacy curriculum and learn new ways in which to integrate it into the high school math and science curriculum.
Check Andrew's Blog to see some photos from the latest trip from Sidney through the Gulf Islands!
Weird Worms from the Ocean Wild!
Anyone interested in marine invertebrates, SCUBA diving or underwater photography simply MUST check out the incredible work of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov.
He is a Russian biologist and avid underwater photographer who is based at the White Sea Biological Station. WSBS is a subdivision of Biology Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. WSBS MSU is the base for the Research & Education Centre "Marine Biology, Oceanography and Geology".
Follow the link or click on the photograph to find more of his amazing creepy creatures!
It was back to school for Asta and Andrew as they completed their Small Vessel Operator's Proficiency (SVOP) and Radio Operator's Certification (ROC-MC). Being back on the other side of the desk gave us some interesting perspectives on teaching, and some cool ideas to incorporate into the classroom!
Here's a neat way to use the real world example of
Radar Horizon to teach algebraic equations using radicals!
Click the image to find the lesson.
This image is from iboats.com
Asta does it again! Check out this awesome article from Cruising World about Asta's "One Water Story" expedition across the Great Lakes and how she got everyday people involved in important scientific research!
Click the image to check out the story!
Asta loves exploring and studying the exciting world under the sea. Each week, she will attempt to learn and answer her reader's most burning marine science questions, and provide some resources that help turn the question into a lesson plan!
This week, she delves into the world of the prickly pinnipeds, to answer a reader's question:
"Why do Seals need Whiskers? What do they do with them?" -Sam, Age 10
Click on the Seal's whiskers or go to our Marine Science Blog to view Asta's newest blog entry!