Ocean Critters
This TopicQuest  was designed for my special students I am teaching this summer.
By Brenda Cox, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

                                                                                                                                      seahorse                                                     

This image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce



        Come explore the Ocean Critters page with me. You will see bright orange fish, baby penguins, hammerhead sharks, and so much more! You must be very careful  because many of these animals are dangerous! Together we will learn new and exciting facts about animals that call the ocean their home.                               parrotfish
        
This image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admionistration/ Department of Commerce         











Sea Critters from A-Z
leafy sea dragon
This image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ Department of Commerce
You can find pictures and fun facts about sea critters ranging from anemones to weedy sea dragons. Learn answers to:
What is the largest fish in the world?
Which came first, sharks or dinosaurs?
Is a seahorse a fish?

Whales
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Learn about several different types of whales . Hear the song of a humpback whale, and learn how seals are trained.
Penguins
baby penguin
Learn all about penguins. See pictures, listen to their calls, see video clips of penguins in the wild, and even download your own penguin mask.
Tropical Ocean Animals

orange fish
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What shark has a really weird shaped head? Why would a fish be named a porcupine fish? Why does a stonefish look the way it does? Find the answers to all these questions at this web site.
Jellyfish
jellyfish
This image is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ Department of Commerce

How do jellyfish sting? How can I know if there are jellyfish in the water and whether it's safe to swim? What if I get stung by a jellyfish?
Encyclopedia
enclyclopedias

Just use this web site and you can learn about any animal you wish. I've already got the pages turned so you can read about sharks.

Mission Activity
You must be very brave to accept this dangerous mission. The Valdosta University Oceanic Department needs volunteers to go on a voyage out into the deepest waters of the ocean and deep sea dive. You must make careful note of all the creatures you see. When you return to the university you will draw pictures of at least three creatures you observed and tell at least one interesting fact about each.


Mission Steps
  • 1. Be at the VSU dock by 5:00 a.m. sharp tomorrow morning.
  • 2. Board the ship named VSU Rules.
  • 3. Get into all of your deep-sea diving equipment and when the ship anchors...dive in!
  • 4. Watch carefully...from every side...there are lots of hungry sharks out there! Remember everything that you see...but most importantly...remember to surface before you run out of air!
  • 5. Surface, board the ship, and return home.
  • 6. Get your special waterproof paper and crayons from your teacher and draw at least three of your favorite ocean critters. You can review the Sea Critters from A-Z web site to refresh your memory.
  • 7. Tell your teacher an important fact about each animal and she/he will help you write them down. If you can, you may write the facts yourself.
  • 8. Your teacher will forward this important information to the VSU Oceanic Department for further study.





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