Science Enrichment at Home and After School
The big news this week is the announced sighting of a giant squid. This legendary creature, never before seen or photographed alive, was finally caught on camera last summer. The 30 foot long squid photographed by ocean researcher, Edie Widder, will be the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary at the end of January.
You may not have a deep sea camera but you can still participate in ocean research currently underway by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Since the project began last September, over one million creatures have been identified by sharp-eyed participants. Like last Saturday’s activity, Snapshot Serengeti, Zooniverse allows you to sift through photos of the ocean floor and identify the creatures you find there.
If you visited the Serengeti, you can use the same account. Otherwise you will need to go through the steps to create a Zooniverse account and then go through the tutorial that teachers you how to describe the terrain, then identify and measure the sea life. You don’t have as many options as you do on the Serengeti – you can choose between scallops, fish, sea stars and crustaceans – but measuring them is fun. You can share what you find on Facebook and Twitter, but when you share pictures it is a link to the site rather than appearing on your news feed (so we don’t have any photos to share with you here). There’s also a talk button that allows you to post a question with other researchers if you want to know more about what you’re seeing.
Come back to Tumblehome Talks soon to see where in the Zooniverse we can go next!