Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{education} Day Two: Falmouth Academy class!

Day two was another day full of learning and fun at the Falmouth Academy 'Biology and Behavior of Whales' summer class! In the morning we assembled some models of whales to learn more about the internal anatomy and skeletal structure.

Students from Falmouth Academy Whales class assemble models
Students from Falmouth Academy Whales class assemble models
and then we all piled into the school bus for a trip to visit Woods Hole!


Students from Falmouth Academy Whales class visit Woods Hole

Our first stop was to the NOAA Fisheries aquarium in Woods Hole where we saw harbor seals and all kinds of cool fish. We saw baleen, a rib, and a vertebrae from whales, and an acoustic pop-up MARU buoy used to record the sounds of whales in the ocean.

Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Next we visited a real marine biologist - NOAA Acoustician, Genevieve Davis, who told us all about how whales use sound to communicate, navigate, and find their food.  You can learn more about Gen's work and listen to those cool sounds again here:


http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/NOEPS/

http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/sounds.html

http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/acoustics/psbAcousticsSurveyNew.html


Falmouth Academy Whales class learns about acoustics from Genevieve Davis

Next stop NOAA Fishery Biologist, Gordon Waring, who studies gray seals and harbor seals. He conducts aerial surveys and seal captures to learn more about the distribution, abundance, and life history of these animals. You can learn more about his work here:

 http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/seals/


NOAA Fishery Biologist Gordon Waring with Falmouth Academy students
Falmouth Academy students explores a satellite tag used to track seals
Then we headed downstairs to the cutting room where NOAA Fishery Biologist Fred Wenzel told us all about how stomach contents are used to gain an understanding of the predator-prey dynamics of seals and dolphins at the Center.


Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
Falmouth Academy Whales class visits the NOAA Fisheries cutting room
 and finally we celebrated our successful day over a cookie at Coffee Obsession...

Falmouth Academy Whale class students
Falmouth Academy Whales class students


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