- Grades 5th-12th
- Length: About 1.5 hours
- Type: Lab Activity
- Alabama Course of Study
This program provides a more detailed introduction to the major marine phyla found along the Gulf Coast, accompanied by interesting facts and anecdotes. The Phylum Mollusca is emphasized, and the anatomy of cephalopods is examined through a well-structured squid dissection during the second half of this program. This class can be coupled with the Touch Lab class.
After an entertaining and informative lecture, students will pick-up, examine, and touch a large variety of preserved specimens in the lab room. The students will then be guided in a squid dissection where pairs of students are encouraged to ‘get their hands dirty'.
Key words to review: Phylum, Adaptation, Vertebrate, Invertebrate