Can Tech Help Our Oceans?


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"Oceans" scenes 1-6: Currents, Plankton, Reef Building Corals, & Symbiotic Relationships. 

Resource:
Video & Narration by: Undersea Productions
Josh Jensen-Marine Biologist & Underwater Videographer & Liz Harlin-Underwater Photographer & Movie Editor.
"Oceans" scenes 1-6 from "Oceans: Nature's Aquarium" DVD with music, natural sounds, or narration. 

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Humpback Whale photographed while snorkeling in Haipai Islands, Kingdom of Tonga/South Pacific Ocean~

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Humpback Whale

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off the coasts of Australasia and the Americas. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. 

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

               

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Whale Shark was photographed while snorkeling in Isla Mujeres, Mexico/Caribbean Sea~

 

Whale Shark

Resource: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_shark

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist. Claims of individuals over 14 m (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 mt (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate, rivalling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family,Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclassElasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago.

The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea, with a lifespan of about 70 years. Whale sharks have very large mouths, and as filter feeders, they feed mainly on plankton. The BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs.


Have you ever wondered what technology will be like in the future?

Use Google and research how technology might be able to improve our world!
Write up a summary of your 
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If you have any questions, please check with your teacher! Have Fun with Technology!

1. How might technology improve cars, trains, airplanes in the future? 
2. How might technology help to improve our health & hospitals in the future?
3. How might technology help to improve our multimedia options in the future?
4. How might technology help to improve our food sources in the future?
5. How might technology help to improve the quality of our oceans & the life of sea creatures in the future?