Educators: Download Your Grouper Moon Pre-Activities

Hello Everyone!

Grouper Moon is almost here, so its time to start preparing your students for our live web-chats with scientists, researchers, and DOE staff who will be working at the Spawning Aggregation Site on Little Cayman.

I am here to support you in any way I can. Feel free to email me with questions about any of these activities. I am happy to help adapt activities to suit your student’s needs.

Grouper Moon Scope and Sequence 2015

Grouper Moon Pre-activity 1 2015

Grouper Moon Pre-activity 2 2015

Grouper Keystone Species Activity 2015

Field Guide HS version 2 2015

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Field Guide HS version 2 2015

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Extreme Coral Reef Pt.2 2015

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I can’t wait to see you all soon!!

Cheers!

Todd

Extraordinary Grouper!!

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Every year, it seems we encounter at least one Nassau that appears different from any other we have seen before. Last year, it was a fish named Hula, who had a black belt-shaped pattern around the center of it’s body. The year before that was a grouper named, Lucky, who had a huge bite taken out of its back, yet appeared to be fully healed and happily partaking in the year’s spawning festivities. This year, we have found yet another Nassau that is unlike any we have encountered before. Take a look and let me know what you think!! We have not come up with a name for this grouper, so if you have a suggestion, feel free toIMG_0625

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Graphs Galore!!

Greetings Future Scientists!

Students from the Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning in Sammamish, Washington inquired yesterday about the graphs Grouper Moon scientists use to study the fish count data. Below are a few graphs sent to me by Lynn Waterhouse, graduate student from the Scripps Oceanic Institute. Can you figure out what these graphs are telling us?

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A night of Jacks!

I was able to go on the evening dive today and saw a bunch of Nassau Grouper and a number of other fish. Two of the most prevalent species we have been seeing are Bar Jacks and Horse-eye Jacks. It turns out, many different species of fish come to the spawning site. Take a look at these videos taken by Grouper Moon researcher, Hal Peterson.

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Displaying Octopus!!

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After nearly 24 hours of travel we have arrived on Little Cayman. I just got a quick update from a few of the researchers who have been here for two days already. It has been quite stormy here, which has made it difficult to dive on the aggregation site. In fact, the seas were so high yesterday, they weren’t able to dive at all. So, instead of diving, the Grouper Moon researchers when snorkeling in the lagoon, which is protected by a fringing reef. While looking for juvenile Nassau grouper, Brian Stock (Scripps graduate student) filmed the following, octopus. Check it out!!