Sunday, September 27, 2009
National Geographic OCEAN NOW - blog
National Geographic's Ocean Now is a project to study the last healthy, undisturbed places in the ocean. You can follow along as Dr. Enric Sala and a team of scientists explore the pristine waters of their most recent destination: Cocos Island.
This Ocean Now site provides you with the opportunity to have your questions answered by the crew aboard the research vessels. You can ask questions about life on a research vessel, species they have studied, and most importantly what are the effects of the "Human Footprint" on one of the last healthy and undisturbed places left on Earth.
You can get real time scientific data direct from the source, learn and discover right along with the scientists themselves, read comments made by students from around the world and participate on the expedition blog.
For example, from just last Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Despite their big mouths and their amazing size—up to 15 meters—whale sharks are harmless to humans. They feed on zooplankton, larvae of several species, and small species such as crabs, shrimp, and jellyfish. They are attracted to seamounts and offshore promontories such as Cocos, because currents bring their food to these sites.
When just the day before they filmed this video;
Let me know what you think of this website. Marine and Environmental Science students can gather some excellent scientific information.
The comments box is open:
What questions might you ask a scientist on an expedition like this?
How could you use this site to improve your understandings of our environment ?
What more would you like to know?
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