Saving the Ocean (series)

The video links for this work can be found under the menu “Classified Videos (by Subject)”.  Students should pursue the links to videos within sections found under this menu, and then proceed to respond to the questions found here.

What amazes you about what you see and hear in these videos?

Many of the fish stocks we value so much in the oceans are threatened with over fishing.  This series of videos shows how some techniques have been developed that are very successful in restoring particular fish stocks, the sword fish for example,  or marine commercial businesses like whale watching.  As you carefully watch these videos learn about these techniques.

What is it that has been discovered to be successful?

It is very important that they are duplicated in other areas of the world’s oceans where fish are still being grossly abused and over fished.

The oceans average 12,000 feet in depth, light (from the sun) only penetrates the oceans about 300 feet, when creatures living in the oceans die they either float (and as humans we know about the life that floats when it dies when we find it somewhere on the beach), or sinks (we will only know about this life through the discovery of fossils contain evidence of it), so what do you think lives in the oceans that we do not yet know about?

Walking on the beach we can also find evidence of our wasteful way of living in the form of oil spills, plastic waste, and other trash.

The oceans are mostly “Out of Sight…Out of Mind” in that the horizon that we see from the beach, or from the deck of a boat, on a calm day is less than a dozen miles away.  How can we know about what’s on top of the oceans when we can’t see it?

What additional ways, beyond PBS, can be used to inform the global public about the troubles humans are putting onto and into the oceans?


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