Conversation Highlights: The Sunday Evening Edition, August 11, 2019

Science and the Sea Podcast

Science and the Sea Podcast
Understanding of the Sea and its Myriad Life Forms

What’s the longest creature in the sea? Why do clownfish swim in groups? What makes tsunamis different from tidal waves? Discover the answers to these questions – and many more! – via your iPod with the Science and the Sea podcast.

Recorded as a radio show, Science and the Sea is available to aspiring oceanographers, climatologists, and marine biologists on the web or via podcast subscription. While the podcast’s most popular episodes (on topics like bootlace worms, sea grasses, and the ocean’s sponge-like qualities) are always available, Science and the Sea offers only ten episodes at a time – but each week brings a new episode! The topics range in complexity and specificity from horseshoe crabs to challenges in tracking storms over the Atlantic, and can appeal to audiences of curious upper elementary students to adults well versed in all things ocean-related… Read the rest of this entry »

Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Marine Art Contest

Marine Art Contest for K-12 Students

Kids whose favorite artistic subjects are sharks and octopi can put their drawing and identification skills to good use in the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Marine Art Contest!  Open to students in grades K-12, the contest is open to art related to or inspired by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  Located between Cape Ann and Cape Cod, the area is home to marine life from plankton to humpback whales!  The area is rich in artistic inspiration, and students can learn to identify coastal plant and animal life while working on artistic representations of the area.

We are far enough from the coast here in Western Massachusetts that the ocean is not often on the minds of our students.  The Atlantic is, however, fascinating and presents lots of unique opportunities for learning.  But when you can’t make it to the beach for a day of exploring, the next best substitute is a study of the area at home!  To prepare for the contest, search field guides to learn about plant and animal species, look over maps, track tide patterns, and understand the chemistry of salt water.

Submissions to the contest will be divided into five categories, and can be created in any 2D medium.  Due on April 25th, 2013, entries can be submitted online.  Winning pieces will be displayed on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website and used in the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ outreach programs. Download more info here: 2013 Marine Art Contest for K-12 Students.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Mark Peters]

Kids Can Count Jellyfish as Seaside Citizen Scientists this Summer


Heading to the ocean this summer?  While you’re there, exploring the sand, rocks, and waves, spend some time being a Citizen Scientist!  Check the beach for jellyfish, squid, and other unusual marine life, and report your findings to JellyWatch!

Found at, the program uses data submitted by Citizen Scientists to create a dataset about beach conditions and populations.  Even if you don’t see any jellies or squid, it is important to report beach conditions to JellyWatch.  Scientists need to know as much as they can in order to have good data.  There are resources on the JellyWatch site to help families identify what they’ve found, and photos from sightings can be e-mailed to  The project is a great summer supplement for studies of marine biology, and possibly even the taxonomy of Cnidaria, the phylum in which jellyfish are classified.

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