Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Young Explorers 2020 - Seals

Yesterday was Seal Day at the Aquarium for the Young Explorers. Along with learning about seals we explored the intertidal zone and toured the Aquarium. Check out some photos from our fun day.

Exploring the intertidal zone during low tide.

Searching for live animals under the rocks and seaweed.

The Young Explorers found lots of green crabs of all sizes.

The Young Explorers learned how to hold the crabs properly so as not to get pinched.

We also had a look at the tail, tucked under the crab to help us determine if the crabs were female (wide, curved tail) or male (triangle with straight sides).

We watched the seal feeding! This is Snorkel; he turned 14 this year.

We toured the Aquarium and had a chance to see the seals and a variety of fish and invertebrates from the Bay of Fundy.

Loki lounging after lunch.

Learning about the adaptations that seals have to live in their habitat. Can we make Conner into a seal? (Conner is also helping out with the SCAMPS program this summer with Sunbury Shores and Kingsbrae Garden. Registration is available online.)

Conducting an experiment to learn about the freezing point of saltwater.

Aquarium scavenger hunt!

If you are curious about upcoming Young Explorer days or weeks, please visit our website (click Book Now). 

This summer we launched Huntsman Marine Experiences. Explore the local marine environment solo or with your family and friends on these exciting programs. Register online (click Book Now). 






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Friday, 31 July 2020

Young Explorers 2020 - Week 2

The Young Explorers had a very busy and active week learning about marine biology at the aquarium. Below are a few photos from our week. 

Exploring the intertidal zone.

The Young Explorers uncovered many green crabs.

It was exciting to find this sea star under a rock!

In the lab completing drawings and observations of mollusc shells.

How many pennies can your boat hold? This was the winning boat with 79 pennies!

Doing an animal scavenger hunt around the aquarium.

Did you find all 30 animals?

Learning about sea stars and other echinoderms in the lab.

Sea urchin

Blood star

Spiny sun star

Creating a field guide of animals collected on the shore.

Intertidal bingo...when the tide comes in the animals move!

The Young Explorers found lots of rock gunnel fish and also an ocean pout! 

We got to watch the morning feedings of the wolffish,

sea ravens and ocean pouts,

and striped bass.

Learning how to prepare a slide.

Learning how to use the microscopes to observe plankton.



Can you match the planktonic larvae to the adult?

Where do phytoplankton and zooplankton fit in the marine food chain?

Building phytoplankton.

Using the plankton net and mesh nets.

The Young Explorers collected some sand shrimp.

Having a look at the water collected using the plankton net.

Watching the seal's have breakfast.

Learning about lobster external anatomy.

Observing a diversity of marine arthropods, including this female rock crab.

What colour will you make your lobster?

Making a sea spider.

Arthropod jokes!

Watching the salmon feeding. 

Learning about the external anatomy of fish by creating a fish.

Studying the internal anatomy of fish by doing a herring dissection.

Bay of Fundy fish bingo.

Making a mermaid's purse (skate egg).

Exploring the intertidal zone on the last afternoon.

If you are curious about upcoming Young Explorer days or weeks, please visit our website (click Book Now. 

Plus, did you know this summer we launched Huntsman Marine Experiences? Explore the local marine environment solo or with your family and friends on these exciting programs. Register online (click Book Now).