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Cold Like Ice Fish

Episode:107Te Papa Collection:Natural Environment

Suggested curriculum levels:1 – 8

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

Description:All vertebrates need red blood cells, don't they? Yes, but there's one exception: a fish that lives in water so deep and so cold it has adapted for survival without any red cells at all.

Questions for students

  1. Why do we need red blood cells? What important function do they serve?
  2. The curator explains how the ice fish gets oxygen and how it can survive without red blood cells. Make a diagram that illustrates this, labelling the features that enable the fish to survive.
  3. Compare the features of the ice fish with those of a regular fish such as snapper. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to record the similarities and differences.
  4. What is it that the curator finds so exciting about his job?
  5. How does Te Papa store specimens like the ice fish? Why are they kept at the museum?

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