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).
Check out this year’s video from Ocean Sciences Club! The video explains what we do at Ocean Sciences Club and why other kids should join in next year. The club members helped film and come up with questions to ask one another. Thanks to everyone for making club a great success during the 2013/2014 school year!