Honestly, before last Monday's class, I had no clue about the levels of the ocean other that what we had breifly talked about in class. Some things that I learned was the fact that 90% of the living species in the ocean live in the "Photic Zone." 90%, that's a whole lota action going on up there. And I also have a new respect for the animals that live in the "Littoral" because they are having to deal with being able to breath in and our of the water. It's kind of strange how they developed a breathing mechanisim for doing both. They do have to develope one right, they aren't just born like that right? I had never heard of animals being able to do that. I know fish can briefly be out of water and still live, but these animals are dealing with not being under water for hours. Now... to the "Food Pyramid & the Inverted Trophic Pyramid." It blows my mind to think that it goes through all those steps. Correct me if I'm saying this wrong but didn't we discuss it takes all those things just to make 1 Tuna. 11-9's meeting definitly taught me some new things I had no idea about. So, if I messed up the Pyramid thing, let me know because that is kind of confusing to me. So leave your comments here. ======> ;)
I liked your response a lot, I wan't sure what we were really susspose to respond to until I read what you guys had put so thanks! :) Also I had forgot about the fact that 90% of all living species live in the photic zone. So thanks for bring that up. The trophic pyramid confuses me a little bit, but I'm pretty sure that you are right when you said that it takes all of those steps just to make one tuna. It sure makes you think twice before you eat one now doesn't it. Well good job! -Brooke :)
Hey Kody! :)
I also didn't know that the ocean was broken into specific categories before class on Monday. I am pretty sure that the creatures probably get a new batch of water every 12 hours at high tide, so they shouldn't die in that amount of time in my opinion. However, I'm not positive on that, that's just how I look at it. :) If they did die though that would be really sad. Our class should start save the tide pools if thats the case. :) - Brooke :)
No... the variable heat of tidepools is a really fantastic scientific question. Like several have mentioned, the sea will soon be back to these little pools, but... this is a significant source of stress for sure!
I'm not going to beat a dead horse and talk about the same things that Carsen and Kody talked about, but they both brought up very interesting points that we learned on Monday.
I like that Mr. Nash showed us some pictures and talked to us about the West cost as well because it is interesting to compare and contrast the differences. Even if we don't actually get to go to the West in this class, maybe someday we will and we'll be able to see how ocean life is different from the east. I too didn't know or ever think about critters that have to breath in and out of water. I think that the animal planet should put them on the top contender show because those little guys are tough as nails.(I also think that they are really beautiful, and I can't wait till April to see them in real life.) Slide 12 remindes me of The Lord of the RIngs when Frodo and the little creepy dude are going through the marshes and there are dead people in the water. I'm happy that we aren't going to be seeing any of those on our trip! Instead those little tide pools are filled with breathtaking sights of life under the sea.
Another thing that I never took into consideration until this class was the photic zone. I would freak out if I ever went so deep in the ocean that I couldn't see what was in front of my face, but I could get over it quickly and find out whats down there. One thing that confused me on Monday is when Mr. Neff told us that the inverted trophic pyramid isn't real. Can anyone help clear this up because I thought that it was.
The thing that he meant about it not existing, is that it only looks like it is inverted, but in reality, is not. This is because when you would go to the coral reef, the first thing you see, is a TON of fish, and nothing else around. Usually fish are on the higher end of the pyramid, and should be a smaller ammount, but at the reef, they are abundant and easily seen. This lead people to believe that on the coral reef it was the exact opposite of the normal pyramid. It isn't true that it is the exact opposite, but rather just the way that it appears.
I have known that I wanted to this program for a long time now. My brother did it back in 2003. I saw how much fun he was having learning the fish and then going out on the sail boats and seeing them in person. I saw what he brought back from the trip and it all sounded like so much fun i just had to try and go. So here I am! I took the class and went on the trip.Day 1 I couldn't sleep, I had to be up at 4:30 in the morning so we could meet at the library and and be at the air port around 6:20…See More
Plane ride to Andros My group got here 2nd and right once we got to Forefar we ate lunch and then got in the water. I was ready to get right in and I saw so many fish. Shelby Mills and I went snorkeling together. The first fish we saw was a Beaugregory Juvenile. Then we saw a sea slug. It had orange and blue stripes going down its back. Then we also saw an adult Beaugregory. The next fish was a cocoa Damselfish. This fish has a blue color on top ends and a dark spot on the upper…See More
Where do I even begin? Or better rephrased, how do I start telling the tale of the most intriguing adventure I've ever gone on in my short 17 years of life? The most obvious answer would be to start with Day 1, which is only logical, but once you've started reading my account, I think you'll understand why I didn't know where to begin. Day 1- Friday, March 21st, Saint Joseph to Ft. Lauderdale Boy, I definitely wished I was a morning person that day. We met at a parking lot at East Hill's mall…See More
Everything about the Bahamas was pretty much perfect. The weather, the people, the lifestyle, the water, the air, the night sky, and the people. Did I say people twice? Heck yes I did because the people truly were some of the coolest people ever.They were some of the most down to earth and friendly people I have ever met. There was even a statue of a pair of hands shaking to really reinforce the fact that they were very friendly people.The first day that we spent on the island I played some…See More
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013Yesterday we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin our adventure miles from home. Around 12:30 PM, 7 of us loaded a small plane with a pilot named Eddie (I got to be co-pilot!) and we set flight over the ocean. The ocean is simply breathtaking and magnificent. Looking the 5,000 feet down to the shades of blue wasn't full of much to look at but I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I was looking for something to strike my eye, to jump out of the water...SOMETHING!…See More
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"'The Outer Strands' http://www.haikudeck.com/p/XzKNNCzUTA
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In the past, I would have categorized myself pretty much as a hard-core-Darwin-loving-Greenpeace ecologist...let's save the environment by creating marine reserves, no-take zones, and sanctuaries. We'll limit fishing in most areas and give the living marine resources a chance to recover even if it takes decades. Why can't people see what they are doing to the environment and do something to stop it? A lot of my views have gotten a rude awakening recently...I think it's hard for many of us to…See More
Use the space below to reflect on our latest class session... and introduction to the ins & outs of coral reef formation.The slide set we used to facilitate our chat can be viewed here: (soon)In the space below, tell what connections you made to the information discussed on 11/23/2009. What new learning connected with you especially well? What "Aha!" moments did you have where something became clear?.See More
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