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“The Truth About Sharks” is Course of the Month

Featured Course of the Month is from Ocean First Education


Denver, CO – WEBWIRE

“Sharks are fascinating creatures, from their incredible sensory systems to their evolution—don’t forget that sharks pre-date the dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years,” said Cathy Christopher, Director of Curriculum Development for Ocean First Education. “We tend to focus on shark attacks, which should not be taken lightly, but there is so much more to learn about sharks and their role in the ecosystem, particularly since there are more than 500 species.”

DENVER — Oct. 12, 2016The Truth About Sharks is the featured course this month from Ocean First Education and is available to any student, parent, homeschooler or educator.
 
Included in the course is a review of the evolutionary history of sharks, their anatomical and physiological features, and the variety of ecosystems in which they swim. The course covers shark behavior, shark biology and interactions with humans, too. Online assessments and supporting activities for learners are also included.
 
“Sharks are fascinating creatures, from their incredible sensory systems to their evolution—don’t forget that sharks pre-date the dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years,” said Cathy Christopher, Director of Curriculum Development for Ocean First Education. “We tend to focus on shark attacks, which should not be taken lightly, but there is so much more to learn about sharks and their role in the ecosystem, particularly since there are more than 500 species.”
 
To read more about the course, visit https://www.oceanfirsteducation.com/courses/short-courses.
 
The spotlight on the shark course comes as Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, the executive director of the non-profit Ocean First Institute and author of the course, prepares to dive next week with great white sharks off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
 
McComb-Kobza will spend five days (Oct. 15—20) observing great white sharks from submersible cages near the remote island of Isla Guadalupe, 150 miles west off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. The island, recently declared a Biosphere Preserve by the Mexican government, is home to a population of over 120 great white sharks.  
 
Immediately following her dives and research, McComb-Kobza will offer a live webinar for teachers and students from the shark lab at California State University Long Beach, run by white shark researcher, Dr. Chris Lowe. She will share what she discovered during her dives and discuss current trends in research and conservation efforts. The webinar will be held on Monday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. (MST).
 
Follow the links here to watch or participate in the live webinar on October 24:  https://www.oceanfirstinstitute.org/blog/great-white-shark-dive-live-from-long-beach/
 
Accompanying McComb-Kobza and others on their dive from the 142-foot Nautilus Belle Amie will be internationally renowned ocean photographer Ernie Brooks.
 
About Ocean First Education
Founded in 2008 and based in Boulder, Colorado, Ocean First Education provides innovative and dynamic digital marine science curricula for K-12. Our team of educators, scientists and researchers are committed to increasing awareness of marine environments and engaging students through interactive experiences. Ocean First Education is grounded in its mission to inspire our students, teachers and community to become stewards of the sea. For more information, visit www.OceanFirstEducation.com.
 


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