Researchers at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences track the migration patterns of black sea bass through various ocean habitats.
Alignment to NC Essential Standards
- 8.E.1.2 — Summarize evidence that Earth’s oceans are a reservoir of nutrients, minerals, dissolved gases and life forms.
- Students will list the common habitats for black sea bass.
- Students will define “otolith” and describe its use as a research tool for sea bass.
- Students will compare and contrast estuarine and offshore ocean habitats and describe their similarities and differences.
Students will watch The Deep Ocean on PBS LearningMedia.
- At what ocean depth do most marine animals live, and why?
- What is the “Twilight Zone”?
- Describe three life forms that can survive on the deep ocean floor.
- Black Sea Bass — North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
- Sea Science: Does it Really Start at Home? — Coastwatch
- Mesocosms, Sensors and Otoliths: Tools to Improve North Carolina Water Quality — NC Sea Grant
Students will create and present a table, chart or illustration depicting one type of ocean habitat. The presentation should include title, definition, what types of species live there and potential environmental issues and challenges to the habitat’s survival.