Lab 6: Aquarium of the Pacific
1. Learn about the impacts of climate on the polar regions
2. Become familiar with the world’s ocean ecosystems
3. How is climate change and human activities changing the oceans
Arctic and Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril
1. What is happening in the Arctic?
2. What is happening in Antarctica?
3. What is the greenhouse effect?
4. Why is climate change occurring?
5. There are three major habitat divisions (canopy, midwater, holdfast) in the kelp forest.
DRAW and NAME at least 3 fish you see in each of these habitats.
6. Describe at 3 ways that some fish have adapted to living in the kelp forest. (be specific
about the species and its adaptation)
7. Kelp has become an important component of many commercial products. Name at least 4
products that you use regularly.
8. What is the difference between a seal and a sea lion? Describe at least 3
9. Sharks have many adaptations that make them great predators. Describe at
least 4 of these adaptations and explain how it helps them as a predator.
10. What are 3 ways that sharks are threatened by humans?
11. Intertidal communities – Organisms that live in this environment must
endure the rising and receding of tides throughout the day. Name 4
stressors that make their home in the intertidal must deal with.
12. What are the advantages of fish belonging to a school?
13. Do all penguins live in Antarctica? Why?
14. A bird’s beak can tell you a lot about its feeding habits. Draw three
different types of beaks, name the bird and describe how it helps the bird
15. A bird’s feet can also tell you about its lifestyle. Draw the feet of 2
different birds and explain what they are adapted to.
16. Coral reefs are thought of to be the rainforest of the sea because of the
diversity of organisms that are found there. As you are walking through this
area of the aquarium find something…
a. With a shell:
b. With stripes:
c. With a big eye:
d. With tentacles:
e. That changes color:
f. That changes sex:
g. That is endangered:
h. With a backbone:
i. Without a backbone:
j. That lives with a friend:
k. That has a false eye:
l. That is venomeous (poisonous):
17. Coral Reefs – Living the coral reef has challenges. What are some of the
defenses that organisms who live there have to cope with living in the reef?
18. Compare the coral reef to the kelp forest. What are some of the major
differences between the organisms that live in these two habitats? Explain
why these differences may exist.
19. Organisms that live together in a relationship that benefits both animals
called symbiosis. Describe 2 symbiotic relationships that you’ve seen at the
20. Explain how humans are changing the ocean ecosystems.
a. Blue cavern:
b. Shark lagoon:
c. Intertidal communities:
e. Northern Pacific:
f. Tropical Pacific:
g. Coral reefs:
h. Gulf of California:
21. Is there anything we can do?