National Science Education Standard: C Life Science Grades 5 to 8
An imminent thaw
In the Bering Sea, ice is everything. It controls the life, the people living there, and the climate. So what’s happening now that the thickness and the quality of that ice is deteriorating?
What it’s like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen.
A 60-ton wake up call
Playing female right whale calls into the water, researcher Susan Parks suddenly finds herself at the center of attention of a group of males.
Penguins in the hot seat
The temperature in Antarctica is rising, and Hugh Ducklow is watching an entire ecosystem change before his eyes. What happens if the ice just keeps on melting?
Of bonds and blooms
Sometimes the ocean can be a threat to human health. Barb and Gary Kirkpatrick, a wife and husband scientist team, describe what they’re doing to notify the Florida public about red tides and harmful algal blooms.
Sonar in the sea
Kelly Benoit-Bird works on all kinds of ocean animals ranging from zooplankton to whales. And ocean observatories could make her science even more exciting.
Chris Martens is alarmed by the global disappearance of corals. To learn more, he lives at the bottom of the ocean on Conch Reef off Key Largo, Florida for up to 2 weeks at a time.