The theme for Seaweek this year is “Look beneath the surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro” highlighting how precious this amazing resource is that we call the sea and how much we can learn from studying its wonders. For more information see http://seaweek.org.nz/
Life in the Sea - Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments - NZ scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?
INFO SHEET - Marine food webs - Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships are much more complex, and the term ‘food web’ more accurately shows the links between producers, consumers and decomposers.
CONTEXT - The Noisy Reef - Learning how underwater animals use sound in their world - Travel under the waves to the reefs of New Zealand to explore sound and noise – what sound is, how it travels, what changes under water and how animals use it.
Toxins: Delving into the world of poisons. Learn how New Zealand’s most poisonous creature was discovered through the investigative work of scientists. Discover what toxins are, how they are identified and how they enter the food web.
SCIENCE STORY: Where Land Meets Sea - New Zealand is surrounded by sea. Our coastlines and marine resources need care and protection. The Coastal Marine Group focuses on the Bay of Plenty – with a particular emphasis on the Rena shipwreck disaster.
Research into food webs has come a long way in the past 50 years. The view of simple linear food chains where small fish are eaten by bigger fish has been replaced by a much better understanding of the complexity of food webs.
FOOD WEBS-Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships are much more complex, and the term ‘food web’ more accurately shows the links between producers, consumers and decomposers