Did you know there are sponges in the ocean so large you could stand in one? Or did you know that we (and other mammals) are in the same phylum as some invertebrates? We learned these cool facts and more from Leah Sloan, a PhD student at UAF as she taught us about the great diversity of invertebrates. We also had the chance to practice our microscope skills to observe different invertebrates from a plankton tow and to look up close at sea anemone tentacles to see their nematocysts (stinging cells).
This week in the Club, we spent some time going behind the scenes! We observed the Steller sea lion remote monitoring program, compared aquarium tank setups for the “Harbor Bottom Life” and “Deep Gulf” exhibits, and learned about our rescued sea otters and harbor seals. We were joined by members of the high school National Ocean Sciences Bowl team, and their coach! It was great to have everyone along, and the students did an excellent job of recording their observations at each station on the tour.