The Dive into a Lagoon with Rays and Their Friends That Live There program began with students traveling on a virtual expedition into a habitat to explore the secret lives of sharks and rays—the Philippine Mangrove Lagoon.
The Mangrove Lagoon exhibit at the Academy replicates the lagoons in the Philippines. Using our live underwater video cameras, students identified the animals they see swimming in the lagoon. Then they practiced making detailed observations just like a marine biologist.
Once students have observations they learned how to turn them into scientific questions. Students picked one of their questions that allowed them to design and carry out a 5-minute investigation using the underwater video cameras. During this investigation students observed, collected evidence, analyzed and explained their results.
Finally we discussed why the lagoons are an important habitat, not just for the sharks and rays that call it home!