Year13 Biology classes all went to the Marine Laboratory at Portobello for a day designed to deepen their understanding of evolutionary processes in the local marine environment.
So as a part of that, the students looked at the range of diversity of families of living things found in Otago seas and then a more detailed look at the diversity of the Mollusc family around Otago. This involved getting up close and personal with a squid – looking at adaptations and the results of evolution on them.
The knowledge and skills acquired during the day were tested when the students were challenged to work out what a Sea Tulip was (in detail) looking at all of its external and internal features.
Overall, the day deepened
many of the students understanding of and familiarity with how evolution and
speciation have molded life in the ocean and hopefully, they will all be
better equipped to discuss this.