For the past month or so, our science "curriculum" (still working on finding a good actual curriculum for science) has focused around the classification tree including the phylums Mullusca (from molis meaning soft, including snails, slugs, octopus, squid....) ecinodermata (ecino = spiny and derm = skin, including sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins), and cnidarians (from knide meaning nettle, including jelly fish, coral and anemones).
Before wrapping up and moving on to arthropods, what better place to go than the Hatfield Marine Science Center. And boy did we get an up close look. We found almost all of the things we had studied!
It was a fun fun trip and I am amazed at all I am learning from this teaching thing :) One volunteer remarked "I have never seen someone so small know classifications. Most adults don't even know that." To which I replied "well, before this year, neither did I." (or at least I didn't retain it).
We were there for octopus feeding time (which only happens three times a week). Did you know that only 2 out of 50,000-80,000 eggs will survive to adulthood?
They were quite hesitant to touch at first. Especially the Cnidarians. By the end, they were loving it.
A very "hands on" place
Seriously, if you have not visited here, do so. Such a fun place. Once home, we debriefed about our favorite parts of the trip, things we saw, and new things we learned.
By far the most interesting fact of the day was the reproduction process of the angler fish.
Video searching on that led us to this...which ended our day in laughter. God's creation (and creativity) is truely amazing!