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Ocean Today


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NOAA’s Ocean Today is a source of ocean videos under six headings that can be used in K-12 earth science, health, science, and social studies classrooms. Teachers and students can subscribe for updates. Videos are also grouped under collections and the latest videos can be found in the featured section.

Danger Zone includes information on rip currents and hurricanes to more exotic phenomena like tsunamis and rogue waves. Many deal with health and safety. For example, rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues. A series of four videos explain how rip currents form, how to recognizer them, and how to survive if caught in one. Break the Grip of the Rip (2:12) (grades 5-12) and Rip Current Safety for Kids (2:21) (grades K-4) cover the same information. The elementary version is animated.

Exploration features a new video, What is Maritime Archaeology?  (1:00) NOAA scientist Jim Delgado describes what underwater of maritime archeology is all about. Links to six related videos are provided.

Fix the Ocean focuses on preserving and rehabilitating damaged marine environments. All You an Eat (2:16) highlights the Lionfish, an invasive species that is out competing native species in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. One solution may be to add Lionfish to our seafood menu.

Go Fish looks at the benefits of eating seafood and the downside of the fishing industry. Reducing Bycatch (2:02) examines the unintended creatures caught in nets and the testing of a new trawl net designed to reduce the bycatch of cod during haddock fishing.

Marine Life provides a look at the very small, the very big, and the very weird. Bioluminescent Ocean (4:00)

Research includes descriptions of the ater cycle, El Niño and La Niña, Arctic ice decline and more. Marine Criminal Investigations  (2:11) looks at the teams that investigate and prosecute marine crime, in this video sea turtle poaching.

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