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Online Incursions: Marine Ecology & Port Phillip Bay

Your students will participate in a range of activities through Zoom, including video delivery and online Q&As with our educators. We deliver our activities through the ‘head, heart, hand’ approach to connect students to sustainable living choices and encouraging them to value and care for environmental systems.
Sam the Seadragon Sharks and Rays
Help Save Sam the Seadragon
This session introduces students to Victorian marine habitats and wildlife, and the threats posed to these systems by plastics. As Victoria's marine emblem, the gracious weedy seadragon was happily surviving in Port Phillip Bay until plastic started to enter the ecosystem. Through hands-on activities, students will learn why plastics are amazing, but when they get out of control they cause problems for our wildlife. 
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Sharks and Rays of Port Phillip Bay
This program introduces students to the fauna of Port Phillip Bay and southern Australia, specifically chondrichthyans (fish with a cartilaginous skeleton) by understanding their habitats, known life cycles, functional morphology (anatomy) and their diverse evolutionary traits. Additionally, students will learn about the geological history of Port Phillip Bay, and the ways that humans impact shark and ray populations and habitats in the Bay.
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Penguins of Australia Migrations
The Penguins of Australia
This program introduces students to the incredible anatomy of penguins and the species residing within all known Australian landmasses (including sub-antarctic territories). In this online talk, we’ll be understanding their behaviour/habits, known life-cycles, functional morphology (anatomy) and their diverse evolutionary traits that have allowed many penguin species to dominate southern marine ecosystems. 
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Migrations: On the move in the sea
This session introduces students to seasonal visitors to our local marine habitats and examines why they seasonally travel beyond their day to day ranges. The migratory paths of a whale, a bird and a crab highlight the different scales and drivers of migration.  Students contrast animal migrations with their own movements and consider the threats human activities can pose to migratory species. Image: Museums Victoria.
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