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Graptolite fossils - item 5

This is a colour photograph of a graptolite fossilised in rock. This species is 'Clonograptus persistens'.

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Graptolite fossils - item 1

This is a colour photograph of graptolites fossilised in rock. These are specimens of 'Pendeograptus fruticosus'. The figures visible on the rock are cataloguing numbers.

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Gastropod fossil

This is a colour photograph of a fossil of a gastropod 'Tenagodus occlusus', showing the spiralled shell.

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Let's go fishing

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on fish and sustainable fishing practices. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about fishing in the Marine Park, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es ...

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Role of sea stars

This is a colour video clip in which marine biologist Dr Miles Lamare of the University of Otago talks about the feeding behaviour and ecological niche of sea stars. It shows stills of sea stars and other echinoderms as well as video sequences showing the tube feet of a sea star and Dr Lamare at work.

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Understanding food webs

This is a colour video clip in which ecologist Associate Professor Stephen Wing of the University of Otago talks about the importance of understanding food webs, particularly in marine ecosystems. He gives examples of how such understanding has been applied in Fiordland, New Zealand. Still images shown include marine organisms, ...

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Dr Karl vs the mysterious giant squid

Do you believe in the legendary sea monster called the Kraken? It's said to have gigantic tentacles and to lurk in the deep ocean. In this clip, Dr Karl talks about some of the extraordinary features of a real deep-sea creature - the giant squid. Watch this clip to find out about it and see some footage of this amazing creature.

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Creatures of the coral reef

Dive into the busy and colourful world of the coral reef. Explore some of the many animals that live in the shallow waters of the reef. See how they catch food and make their homes there.

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Meet the creatures of the coral reef

Dive into the busy and colourful world of the coral reef. Explore some of the many animals that live in the shallow waters of the reef. See how they catch food and make their homes there.

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Declining forests of Giant Kelp

Imagine diving between giant kelp that reach more than 30 metres from the bottom of the ocean to the surface. The east coast of Tasmania is one of the few places in the world where these underwater forests exist. But how much longer will they survive? Watch this clip to find out why these magnificent ecosystems are disappearing ...

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Artificial reefs and the 'wild-caught' industry

Join abalone farmer Brad Adams under water as he shows you the site of his abalone farm. Brad explains why his abalone are classed as 'wild-caught'. Find out about the role that artificial reefs will play in his expanding farming operation.

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Artificial reefs and the mining boom

Has the mining boom with its 'fly-in fly-out' workers led to pressure on fish stocks in Western Australia? A leading recreational fishing body says it has. Explore whether creating artificial reefs might be a solution. A Western Australian mining and fisheries minister explains why he thinks it could work. He also talks ...

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Aquatic biodiversity and nutrition

This is 10:33-minute video about the crucial importance of aquatic plants and animals from rice-based ecosystems in the diet of Lao people. It shows how a variety of organisms are caught or harvested in the rice fields and nearby water bodies and identifies that 92 species are used for food in rice-growing areas with fish ...

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Exploring the Reef

This is a detailed plan for teaching a unit on exploring the Reef. It includes a unit outline, overview and aim, learning outcomes, inquiry questions, background information about the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, lesson plans and a guide to assessment. The lesson sequence is based on the inquiry based 5Es approach to ...

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Creatures of the deep

What creatures live in the deepest parts of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica? See how scientists use special equipment to find out about life that exists in this harsh environment. Find out why it is important that we learn about life in the deep oceans.

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Measuring photosynthesis

This is a colour underwater photograph of marine scientist Candida Savage using a scientific instrument known as the diving-PAM. The diving-PAM is being used to measure photosynthesis in corals in Fiji. Candida Savage is wearing full diving clothing and equipment including mask, wetsuit and oxygen tanks.

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Black coral

This is a colour underwater photograph of black coral. The coral is a light green colour with a black tree-like skeleton. Some small fish are swimming nearby. (Classification - Phylum: Cnidaria; Class: Anthozoa; Order: Antipatheria.)

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Environmental forensics at sea

The main screen shows a marine environment and research boat against a background of coastal hills and a fiord. There are two entry points for investigation: Phytoplankton clues and Sediment cores, containing five interviews with a scientist explaining how science investigations can be used as a forensic tool to investigate ...

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Common bottlenose dolphins, 'Tursiops truncatus'

This is a colour photograph of a small pod of common bottlenose dolphins ('Tursiops truncatus') swimming in the ocean. This photograph was taken in Fiordland, New Zealand, where a specialised group of common bottlenose dolphins live within the fiords. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata; Class: Mammalia; Order: Cetartiodactyla; ...

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New Zealand's marine environment

This is a colour video clip of a marine scientist, Dr Candida Savage, discussing the large variety of different habitats within New Zealand's marine environment. Dr Savage is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.