This theme unit within Scholastic Explorers
studies how human activities impact two specific ocean animals
sea turtles in Costa Rica and dolphins in New Zealand. In conjunction
with the Earthwatch Institute, students will visit two field sites.
The first is the Las Baulas National Park in Costa Rica. There,
research teams are collecting data on the leatherback sea turtles
that nest on the beach. The other site is the Kaikoura Peninsula
in New Zealand. Researchers there are studying the behavior of dusky
dolphins, especially around tourist boats. Through on-the-scene
field reports, photographs, some interviews with scientists and others
on the site, students will discover firsthand how Earthwatch teams
study animals in their natural environment and work to protect them.
Students are then encouraged to apply the same scientific methods
to learn more about aquatic ecosystems in their own region.
Learn more about this activity and its objectives.