Want to learn more about ocean living things? Want to see what they look like? Find out where they live, what they eat and who eats them?

 

Try one of these investigations on your own, with your team or group. Go on a See Food? hunt.

 

Are you brave enough to find out where the cod fish in your fish stick came from? Are you ready to find out what it ate before it got caught and became part of your lunch? When you eat it are you eating all of things it ate and the things they ate? See what you can find out about cod fish: where they live; what they eat; how they grow. Then make a food chain drawing or write a story or poem that tells how that cod fish ended up in your fish stick.

 

Do you like tuna salad sandwiches? Where did that tuna come from? What did that tuna look like? What did it eat before it got caught and ended up in that can on the shelf in your cupboard? See what you can find out about tuna fish: where they live; what they eat; and how they grow. Then make a food chain drawing or write a story or poem that tells how that tuna fish ended up in your sandwich.

 

How about that halibut you had for dinner last night? Where did it come from? What did it eat when it was a little halibut? See what you can find out about halibut where they live; what they eat; and how they grow. Then make a food chain drawing to show how that halibut ended up on your dinner plate.

 

Maybe you like shrimp, crab, lobster or oysters. Pick your own favorite seafood and see what you can find out about where it lives, what it eats and how it grows. Then make a food chain drawing or write a story or poem that tells how it ended up as part of your dinner.

 

Do you like ice cream? What makes store bought ice cream so creamy and yet so thick? It’s something that comes from an ocean living thing, but it's not an animal. It’s called carrageenan and it is made from seaweed. Kelp is one kind of seaweed. Become a seafood detective and see what you can find out about seaweed. Look at the food ingredient labels on the food in your cupboard and freezer. Can you find more foods made with carrageenan? Go here for clues, a worksheet and to play a game about the kelp that might be in your cupboard. Go here to learn more about carrageenan. See what you can find out about seaweed: where does it grow; how does it grow; what animals eat seaweed? Then make a food chain drawing or write a story or poem that tells how seaweed ended up in your bowl of ice cream.

 

Don’t want to know about where any seafood you eat comes from? Don’t like to eat seafood at all? See what you can find about the ocean living things that became part of that pearl necklace your mother wears, that natural sponge in you bathroom, or that coral bracelet or piece of coral you wanted to buy at the souvenir shop at the beach. Where did it live? What did it eat? Then make a food chain drawing or write a story or a poem that tells how it ended up in that necklace, in your bathroom or that shelf in the souvenir shop.