Since roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface is water, why isn’t it called Planet Ocean? After all, that is where most of our water lives and how our weather is formed. Our oceans provide a large percentage of Earth’s total habitat area as well, and in a place far away from our watching eyes. Its easy for humans to be amazed by ocean dwellers because their homes are so inaccessible to us without certifications or suits or a means to get out to the open deep. Ocean animals can breathe in water, can find shelter and food, and can defend themselves from potential predators. For open ocean dwellers, the conditions are even more challenging. Open ocean animals have to camouflage with the water around them and they have to keep swimming, and swim fast to get away from predators. In the case of smaller fish, they have to pool their resources, finding safety in numbers to fend off hungry consumers.
Research today took a different turn: ipads! But not only ipads… also books! We brought the old and the new together in class today as Grade 5 took a closer look at the animals that populate the open ocean ecosystem.