Marine Madness

There are so many crazy and interesting organisms that live in the sea!  Over 70% of the earth is covered in water – yet we seem to know more about some of the far reaches of outer space than we have discovered about the ocean’s depths! This BioBox examines some of the living mysteries of the ocean.  


sea stars and sea anemone

First BioBoxers will begin at the bottom of the food chain by looking at one of the organisms that makes up plankton.  They will then get the chance to hatch and grow their own sea creatures known as triops. Finally, they will take a close look at 2 larger sea creatures – sea stars and squid!  

There are 4 experiments in this box which have been designed to be explored over a number of days or combined for a month of fun!   Each is marked with the approximate time to complete.   The triops will hatch and grow for 30-90 days – so be sure to be around for a few weeks once you begin this experiment to be able to care for them as they grow!

Included in this box:

·      Diatom slide

Mouth and arms of a Sea Star

Mouth and arms of a Sea Star

·      Triops kit

·      Triops tank

·      Dissecting tray

·      Gloves

·      Dissecting pins

·      Forceps (tweezers)

·      Scissors

·      Goggles

·      Preserved Sea Star

·      Preserved Squid

In addition you will need:

·      Microscope and supplies - from first box

·      Magnifying glass - from first box

·      1-gallon Natural Spring Water

·      Lamp for keeping triops warm

Check out this video!

It gives great tips and tricks about the sea star and squid experiments.  It also has some AMAZING live footage of an octopus, sea stars, and other creatures! 

 

Experiment Details

Mixed Diatoms with their silica outer covering.

Mixed Diatoms with their silica outer covering.

Experiment 1: Plankton and Diatoms

Plankton are a huge group of organisms that form the bottom of the food chain. Organisms either eat plankton or consume another organism that eats plankton.  Diatoms are one type of plankton that will be examined in this BioBox.  

 ·      Tip:  Diatoms are microscopic organisms – so be sure to review your microscope skills from your first box.  


 Experiment 2: Crazy, Ancient Triops

Triops grow quickly and resemble horseshoe crabs

Triops grow quickly and resemble horseshoe crabs

In this experiment BioBoxers will get to hatch and grow their own sea creatures known as triops!  Triops eggs can lay dormant for a long time, so they are just fine sitting in the box before you awaken them with water.  

 Tips: 

·      Triops can live 30-90 days.  Plan to hatch them when you will be around a few weeks.  

·      Prepare the water 24 hours before hatching the eggs by adding 3 limestones from the triops kit into the gallon jug.


Experiment 3:  Sea Star

 In this experiment BioBoxers will take a close look at the external features of a preserved sea star.  Wow – they are incredible.  By the way… sea star is the scientific name for these creatures – they are not really fish! 

Tips: 

·      Watch the video as you examine your own sea star.

·      Use your magnifying glass to see features in greater detail.


 Experiment 4: Squid dissection

opalescent suid - flickr.com.jpeg

 In this experiment BioBoxers will get to examine both the external and internal structures of a squid.  While you may think this is kind of gross - dissecting the squid reveals some of its most fascinating and unique features!  They even have their own ink sacs and a pen! 

Tips:

·      Watch the video before you begin or during your own dissection.

·      Be sure to wear gloves and goggles.

·      Use your magnifying glass to see extra details.

·      Read disposal directions carefully.

·      Wash your hands after you are finished! 

Let the epic experiments begin!

 What an adventure – we are so glad you have joined us! Please let us know about your experiments; send pictures, give tips for other BioBoxers, share your favorite results to Info@bioboxlabs.com or #bioboxlabs


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