Video Giant Cuttlefish

TLF ID M016120

This 12 minute video segment from Catalyst outlines the fascinating and unique features of the giant cuttlefish and its mass breeding at Point Lowly. Then it explains how scientists have determined the vulnerability of this species- the fact that the eggs are sensitive to high levels of salinity and the fact that they die after breeding, so that destruction of the eggs in one year could have a dramatic impact on the whole population. Finally there is the debate as to whether the establishment of a desalination plant for the use of the mining industry in their habitat will prove to be a mortal threat.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource addresses Sustainability, the cross curriculum priority of the Australian Curriculum for years 7 to 9 science students as it describes research into reproductive processes and vulnerability of a species of giant cuttlefish. It also addresses science understandings relevant to years 7 and 9 as well as aspects of science as a human endeavour.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

Contributors
  • Author
  • Name: ABC - Catalyst
  • Organization: ABC - Catalyst
  • Description: author
  • Contributor
  • Name: ABC - Catalyst
  • Organization: ABC - Catalyst
  • Description: author
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Data contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Organization: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Description: Publisher
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Video
Rights
  • © 2013 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.