From: Your E-mail Pal
To: My E-mail Pal
Subject: Discover the Wonderful Ocean
Date: August 29, 2003 8:34 AM
Dear E-mail Pal,
Here's the first
question! It's Hot off the press from OceanQuest:
If you could only learn about one animal that lives in or near the
ocean which would you choose? Why?
I've got this great idea!
Why don't we go on a virtual
field trip to the New England Virtual Aquarium.
We could learn a lot more
about the ocean and the animals that live in or near it.
Once we have some time to
explore we can choose our favorite animal to study.
Click here if you want to go on the virtual tour
I was wondering what
you already know about the ocean. Have you ever been to the
ocean or read about the ocean? What plants or animals did you see
Exhibit 1: The Ocean Dream
I found this great exhibit
when I first got into the Virtual Aquarium. I read the text of this
exhibit first to myself and then I had my buddy read it to me as I closed my
eyes and imagined that I was there on the ocean. It was like I was
there in the boat on the ocean. It was almost like a dreeeaaammm...:
...The day is one of those hazy, hot, and humid days as
you leave the familiar shore to head out to sea. The fresh, cool breeze
wafts across your face and the heat of the land begins to melt away.
inspired to go further. The flap of the sails fade away as you become
almost mesmerized by the gently rocking waves that appear at the oceans
horizon and continue endlessly. Those waves rock your boat ever so
soothingly, as if you were a baby held in the arms of a loving
mother. The sounds of the busy city streets fade away and with them goes all
your stress. You are alone, lost only in your own thoughts. As you
glide smoothly over the water, your hand falls overboard dipping into the
cool New England waters. The 65 degree water snaps you out of your
dream. You are already a mile out on the water but you could be in the
middle of the Atlantic ocean for the hazy air blocks out all site of
land. You feel not quite so significant out here on the ocean as it
spreads before you as far as your eyes can see. Out here you can enjoy
the birds as they quietly go about their business of skimming the water only
occasionally lifting up to get a better angle and then diving down into the
water to catch their morning snack. A school of cod fish
race beneath your boat. A thousand sparkling fish in the school, moving effortlessly
together as if one. Ahead of you a Right-whale gracefully surfaces to catch
a breath of air on then re-submerges to get another mouthful...
Exhibit 2: The Giant Ocean
That last exhibit
reminds me of the time that my family and I... O.K., I won't bore you
with the details but this virtual Aquarium is reminding me of all the times
that I have gone to the ocean. How about you?
never knew that the ocean is so big! This one exhibit that I went to
"The Oceans cover more than 70% (that's greater than
2/3) of our earth's surface. This makes the ocean the largest habitat on
The ocean is so big that you could set sail on a ship
and sail around the world and never touch land.
At some points the ocean is so deep that you could sink
Mt. Everest- Earth's tallest Mountain (29.028 ft. or 8,848m)- without a
The Earth is the only planet in our solar system (that
we know of) with vast amounts of liquid water."
3: Great Ocean Sites
Wow, when you stop to
think about it the ocean is so big and gives us so much. I mean we're
fishing, surfing, or going out on the boat. It's pretty, too. I think
I read somewhere that the ocean's mild waters cool us down in the summer and keep
our weather warmer in the cold winter months. It also
mentioned that the ocean collects rain
water from the surrounding lands and recycles it over and over keeping the
water cycle going.
This is great the Aquarium
has suggests that we check out these links to learn more about the ocean.
Click on the link below to get to some great sites about the ocean!
Ask the Experts
I have so many
questions about the ocean and the animals that I am thinking about
studying. Every time I ask my parents about it they give me the
same old answer, "I don't know!" I was getting pretty
frustrated until I found this one exhibit at the Virtual Aquarium that
gave me a way to e-mail different ocean experts that are ready and
willing to help me. Check it out!
5: Animals that live in or near the Ocean
"We really got a lot of stuff today on the ocean and the animals that
live there. Lets look through some of these articles on our computer
and see if we can find an animal that we want to learn more about for our
project with Oceanquest. Here are several links to sites that
can help us learn more about Ocean Animals.
6: Ocean Environmental Concerns
Here's a great
exhibit that explains further how our oceans are getting polluted by
humans. This exhibit gives some great sites that explain how this
pollution is harming the oceans and the animals that live there.
7: Ocean Career Links
Look at this! I'm not
sure if this is exactly what we're looking for but
I've always wanted to have a job working to help the oceans.. This
exhibit that I found gives all sorts of great information on jobs that we can get to help
Ocean Career Links
Great Ocean Books:
Use these great books
to explore the wonders of the ocean. For a complete list of Great
Ocean Books see our Great Ocean Books and
the Sea (Nature Company Discoveries) 1995.
David The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Oceans
Nye, Bill Bill
Nye the Science Guy's : Big Blue Ocean 1998.
Janice Janice Vancleave's Oceans for Every Kid : Easy Activities
That Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series) 1996.
Life (Time-Life Student Library) 1999.
A great staring point. Good general information and illustrations.
Oceans Alive Great
Site to learn about the water cycle and oceans.
textbook like pages give great general information on the ocean.
Undersea and Oversee
This is a great page with super links.
Field Trip Well written. Easy to use. Great photographs.
Ocean Biome Good information on the ocean habitat.
A large Site with lot's of information. I found it a bit difficult to
Marine Biology A
great resource to get in-depth information on ocean plants and animals.
Planet Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of
Natural History presents the ocean.
Oceans and Coastal Protection
The EPA has developed a great site here.
Good ocean resources. It is from 1998, so it can have some
of the Oceans
This Real Audio speech from Science
Friday gives a great outline of the oceans.
Back to the
NEPTUNE'S WEB - Mysteries of the Deep
MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ask a Marine Scientist / Answer Archive - Our popular question and answer
forum. Also find Answers to some of your questions; dive into a sea of
marine information from seaweed to sharks, whales to whelks, and marine
pollution to oceanography!
Do you have a question about whales, fish, sharks, penguins or other ocean
Back to the
Planet Marine Life Facts
The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet.
Planet Great information on all types of animals.
NetVet Veterinary Resources - Fish
Sites A Hotlist of Fish sites
NetVet Veterinary Resources - Marine Mammals
A Hotlist of marine mammal sites
Marine Animal Records
The name speaks for itself!
Marine Life Marine life
in tropical waters that pose hazards to man.
Aerodynamics of Animals
Learn how ocean animals move.
of Marine Life Terms
From adaptation to to vertebrates, this page lists and defines many marine life
PLANET" MARINE LIFE FACTS Great quick Facts
In the School Survival in the Sea
Explore Life in the Food Chain.
Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring
Learn about water quality monitoring?
Ocean Planet Pollution
A comprehensive look at ocean environmental problems.
Plastics in Our Oceans
Excellent page on plastic pollution.
Saving Our Seas
Sea World leads kids and adults on a journey to read about certain areas
with environmental problems
The Shell Island Dilemma An environmental case
Polluterville A webquest that addresses ocean pollution
Spills A great hands-on way to learn about oil spills!
Great unit on ocean pollution.
Back to Exhibit
Ocean Career Links
Academy of Achievement
INTERVIEW with Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. (Undersea Explorer)
Careers in Marine Science
Advice to Students and Parents From the Scientists of Mote Marine Laboratory
Have your questions answered.
How can I get a job in
oceanography? How can I get a job in oceanography,
especially at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution?
Marine Science Careers
Interested in learning more about careers in marine biology and other marine
sciences? If so, you're in the right place.
Info - Answers to your questions about a career in Marine Biology,
interviews with Marine Scientists and more!
Back to Exhibit
Were you able to choose an
animal that you would like to learn more about? I found a few great ones
that really need our help. I was looking at the Harbor Porpoises, Harbor
Seals, Lobsters, Sea Otters, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Swordfish, and Whales.
Did you find another animal that you would like to explore and learn more
about? I think that all the animals are great so I'll let you and your
group choose which animal we can study further.
Choose an animal that
relies on the ocean to explore and learn more about.
Once we pick our animal we will
Draw a detailed
illustration that shows our animal in action. We need to
include details to show where it lives (habitat.) In the picture we need
to show some of the other plants and animals live there.
We will need to scan your illustration so
that you can e-mail it to OceanQuest.
We need to send our picture as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have heard that
OceanQuest does not want us to include our real names for safety
reasons. They suggest that we make up an alias, made up name, that
something to do with the ocean. They want us to put down our grade level. They
provided a great site about keeping safe on the Internet. You might
want to check it out also. Here's the link, Making Safe
OceanQuest ids going to
illustrations to create an web page that will introduce our upcoming life-size
animal and our report.
Revisit the Question:
If you could only learn about
one animal that lives in or near the ocean which would you choose? Why?
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