AboutThis episode of Gulf Detectives follows three young science detectives as they learn about the animals of the Northern Gulf of Mexico with the help of the scientists at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The program features a shark research boat trip, a shark dissection, and a visit to Coffee Island to learn about the efforts by The Nature Conservancy to restore the oyster reefs in the area. The gulf detectives also get their hands dirty with marsh mud to discover what creatures live there and what they can tell us about the health of the Gulf’s ecosystem. This Learning Adventure teaches concepts of animal habitats, animal adaptations, food webs, ecosystems, and other aspects of biology and environmental science. Join us!
Discussion Questions (These are the questions in the Kahoot and Quizizz, if you prefer to use them without the interactives.)
- How do oysters benefit the ecosystem of the Gulf?
- What is the name of a baby oyster?
- How many species of sharks have been discovered by scientists?
- Sharks use a jelly-like substance in their pores to sense what?
- Which internal organ does a shark use for swimming?
- How did brittle stars get their name?
- Very low levels of oxygen in the water is called what?
For additional educational resources visit these sites:
Marine Mammals of the Alabama Gulf Coast – YouTube video produced for Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Field Guide of the Alabama Gulf seafood – See what’s in Alabama’s Gulf water!
Gulf Detectives is made possible through the generous support of:
- American Graduate, a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
- Daniel Foundation of Alabama
- Wells Fargo