Holidays and Seahorses!

by frances 28. December 2008 12:41

Holidays in Nelson Bay have been an annual event for quite some time! It is a delightful and peaceful place with unbelievable scenery - yachts, islands, fishing boats, parasailing, and, lots of sand castles and squeals of young children glimpsing a pod of dolphins swimming nearby.

How can Holidays be used as a WebQuest? What would be the messy problem here?

In November (6th, 2008), there was a terrific science program, Catalyst, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) about Seahorses and their conservation. And guess what, the best place for this study was right outside our unit at Nelson Bay!

This program is available on video:

There are a couple of aspects of this story that could be the basis of a WebQuest:

1. Should the Catalyst program identify the exact place where these beautiful creatures live, leaving the area open to invasion by people who would like to profit from them and leave the population more vunerable? (See some of the comments left at Catalyst website)

2. Or, Seahorses are in danger - should we research and save them? The roles could be: Biologists at Kalbarri WA who run research and a retail seahorse aquarium business; Asian alternative medicine seller (who uses seahorses in their medicine); aquarium trader in seahorses; and, Conservationist and Researcher.

Keep an eye open during these Christmas holidays to think of ideas that could be used as a WebQuest! There are lots around from Cricket, to Sunburn (Tanning), to backyard drownings, to shark attacks, to how we celebrate this season!

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