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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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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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Mapping a sea voyage: calculating distance

Scientists involved in the Two Bays Project describe data collection methods for their 20-day expedition around Port Phillip and Western Port bays. Watch this clip to view the route mapped out by the scientists. Use Google Maps to recreate the route and calculate the total distance travelled.

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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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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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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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Sites2See – Great Barrier Reef

Links to online resources about the Great Barrier Reef, including ecosystem functioning, natural and human threats to the ecosystem and traditional and contemporary management strategies. Designed for an ecosystems at risk case study for Stage 6 Geography.

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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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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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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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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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Artificial reefs: developing new farms

Discover a new type of fish farming. The Western Australian Government is building two prototype reefs to demonstrate how artificial reefs can be friendly to the environment and increase fish numbers. Watch as Brad Adams, an abalone farmer, shows you his experimental reefs. See how successful he is at sourcing his abalone ...

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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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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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Marine trophic pyramid

This image displays a type of diagram known as a trophic (or ecological) pyramid. This example depicts the organisms and the matter and energy flows in a typical marine ecosystem. The diagram shows six levels of organisms from primary producers through to the top carnivores, arranged in a pyramid. Also represented is the ...

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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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What are bryozoans?

This is a colour video clip in which biogeochemist Associate Professor Abby Smith of the University of Otago describes the characteristics, behaviour and habitats of bryozoans. It includes photographs and micrographs of bryozoans as well as a sequence showing Professor Smith working with specimens.

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Why tag a starfish?

This is a colour video clip in which biologist Dr Miles Lamare of the University of Otago talks about the advantages of using electronic tags to study sea stars. He explains how the tags operate, the data they provide and how unusual it is for them to be used on invertebrates. Sequences showing tags on sea stars and other ...