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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.)


Marine ecosystems

This is a collection of 25 digital curriculum resources about the flow of energy and matter in marine ecosystems. The collection comprises 19 images and 6 videos. Images allow students to identify a range of marine producers and consumers and to construct food webs. Some resources show the results of human activity on some ...


Teaching ideas: ecosystems

This collection, containing 26 digital curriculum resources, allows students to explore aspects of the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The resources comprise teaching sequences, units, worksheets, videos, podcasts and a card game. A variety of contexts is provided to allow students to investigate relationships ...


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; ...


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.


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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Oil from super-greenhouse events

Why did most of the world's oil deposits form at a specific prehistoric time? Learn how overheated super-greenhouse climates caused vast stretches of the world's oceans to stagnate and become depleted of oxygen. Discover the connection between these anoxic events and Earth's oil reserves. Watch scientists investigating ...

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Science Talk 2007: Martina Doblin

An interview and lab tour with Dr Martina Doblin, a phytoplankton ecologist at UTS. Martina talks to students and their teacher from Concord High School about her work studying microscopic organisms such as the toxic algae that make up harmful algal blooms.

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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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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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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 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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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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What's the fuss about acidic oceans?

We all know that increased carbon dioxide levels affect our atmosphere, but what impact are they having on our oceans? Watch this clip to find out how carbon dioxide is dissolving in the oceans, making them acidic and affecting life in the sea.

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A baby seal begins its life

From the moment a Weddell seal is born, it must contend with the harsh conditions of life in Antarctica. Watch this clip showing the birth of a Weddell seal and its early days, as it takes its first swim and prepares for winter. Discover some of the adaptations that enable these mammals of the sea to live in such an extreme ...