Marine food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/143-marine-food-webs
Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships ...

Human impacts on marine environments

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/144-human-impacts-on-marine-environments
Throughout human existence we have relied on the oceans – for food, as a waste dump, for ...

Adaptations of marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/142-adaptations-of-marine-organisms
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Poisonous animals in New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/370-poisonous-animals-in-new-zealand
New Zealand has a very small number of poisonous animals. These animals are also called ...

Poisons and toxins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/364-poisons-and-toxins
Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed ...

Toxins and food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/367-toxins-and-food-webs
All living things depend on one another to live. Animals eat plants and/or animals to survive ...

Ocean temperature

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/707-ocean-temperature
The temperature of the ocean determines what form the water takes. Most of the ocean is liquid ...

Environmental conditions affecting the sea

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/141-environmental-conditions-affecting-the-sea
On land, the most important environmental conditions affecting organisms are rainfall and ...

Classifying marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/140-classifying-marine-organisms
Classification is an important tool used by scientists to show how organisms are related to ...

Measuring toxicity

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/366-measuring-toxicity
Toxicity can be measured by the effect the substance has on an organism, a tissue or a cell. We ...

Birds’ roles in ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1163-birds-roles-in-ecosystems
An ecosystem consists of all of the flora and fauna living within an area and the interactions ...

Monarch butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/511-monarch-butterflies
There is a touch of irony that, in a country famous for its unique wildlife, New Zealand’s most ...

Flight of the godwit

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/296-flight-of-the-godwit
Bar-tailed godwits can fly about 12,000 km at one time – further than any other known bird ...

Sea stars

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/149-sea-stars
When is a fish not really a fish? When it’s a starfish! Starfish is the common name for a group ...

Build a marine food web

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1525-build-a-marine-food-web
In this activity, students build their own food web using images of organisms from the marine ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

Cockles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/148-cockles
Cockles are classified as bivalves within the phylum Mollusca. (Almost all shelled marine ...

Ocean acidification and eggshells

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/159-ocean-acidification-and-eggshells
In this activity, students observe how chicken eggs can be used to simulate the potential ...

Tracking toxins

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/382-tracking-toxins
In this activity, students model bioaccumulation of toxins in marine animals. They participate ...

Marine habitats

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/145-marine-habitats
A habitat is the area where an organism or group of organisms live and breed. One habitat will ...

Seaweek resources

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2162-seaweek-resources
Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the New Zealand ...

Poisonous plants in New Zealand

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/369-poisonous-plants-in-new-zealand
There are over 100 poisonous plants in New Zealand. As children grow up, they often come into ...

New Zealand’s green-lipped mussel industry

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/751-new-zealand-s-green-lipped-mussel-industry
Green-lipped mussels are New Zealand’s major aquaculture species. Explore how green-lipped ...

Habitats, food webs and adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1524-habitats-food-webs-and-adaptations
Riley and Steve Hathaway want to change the way young people think and act towards the ocean ...
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