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Vertebrates

From sea lions to sea turtles and everything in between, explore the dynamic world of marine vertebrates. Each Explorer Series includes a short video, fun facts, and discussion questions to engage students, access their prior knowledge, and set the stage for the lesson to come. Incorporate these videos into your unit on living and nonliving things, animals, biodiversity, biology, and taxonomy to introduce a new concept or use them to compare and contrast with terrestrial organisms. Include these Explorer Series in your reading and language arts classes by having students write, illustrate, and share a story about their favorite marine vertebrate.

Mola Mola

The largest bony fish in the sea.

Mola Mola

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The mola mola, or oceanic sunfish is one of the more unique fish in the sea, learn more about them in this engaging snippet complete with a narrated video, images, interesting facts, and a set of discussion questions.

Butterflyfish

Flittering spots of color that dance across the reef.

Butterflyfish

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Butterflyfish are some of the most brightly colored fish on the reef, discover more about these gregarious fish in this engaging snippet complete with narrated video, images, fun facts, and discussion questions.

Fishes

The largest group of vertebrates on the planet!

Fishes

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There are more fish than mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians combined, find out more about this diverse group of animals in this brief learning experience that includes a narrated video, images, facts and discussion questions.

Sea Lions

Curious, acrobats of the sea.

Sea Lions

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Discover why sea lions are so agile and how to distinguish them from their relatives, the seals, in this brief learning experience that includes a narrated video, unique facts, and discussion questions to extend the conversation.

Triggerfish

How did they get that name?

Triggerfish

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Able to lock itself into crevices on the reef for safety, the triggerfish is uniquely adapted to life under the sea. Learn more about this unique fish in this short collection that includes a narrated video, unique facts, and discussion questions.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles

Powerful jaws and a sharp ‘beak’.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles

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One of six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters, discover more about the hawksbill sea turtle in this vignette, which includes a narrated video, fun facts, and discussion questions to keep the inquiry going.

Reef Sharks

Sharks are key for a healthy reef.

Reef Sharks

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Discover the shark species that frequent coral reefs and their importance to the ecosystem in this collection of images, facts, discussion questions and a short narrated video.

Green Sea Turtles

Why are they called Green Sea Turtles?

Green Sea Turtles

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There are seven species of sea turtle. Discover what makes the green turtle so unique in this brief learning experience that includes a narrated video, facts about green sea turtles, and discussion questions.

Manta Rays

How can you tell one manta from another?

Manta Rays

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Introduce the majestic manta ray with this vignette, which includes a narrated video, compelling facts, and discussion questions to keep the inquiry going.

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