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Sea Floor Discoveries

Episode:98Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Science: Nature of Science Living World

Description:The ocean is a deep, dark place with many secrets. But researchers at Te Papa are discovering more and more of them. Riria Hotere follows cameras a kilometre underwater to see what's lurking there.

Questions for students

  1. Who is doing the research on the sea floor and why are they doing it?
  2. Why is this kind of research important? What might be the scientific and economic benefits of the research? Why do you think that?
  3. Choose one of the sea creatures seen in the Tale and find out more about it. What are its key structural features and functions? How do these help it to survive deep in the ocean?
  4. Describe the hagfish and how scientists collect and study them. What do they hope to learn from studying these fish? Hagfish produce large amounts of slime: can you think of any economic use for this?
  5. Science fiction is often based on real creatures. Using the 'Ideas' response template, choose one weird sea creature and develop an idea for a science fiction story based on some of its features. What extra features could you give it? What might it prey upon, or save from disaster? Use the mind map you create to plan your story.

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