Let's Talk with Ian Harrison about How Marine Animals Breathe
When in comes to breathing under water, marine organisms breathe in different ways. Some absorb oxygen through their skin, some rely on gills, and others gulp air into their gas bladders.
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In this Q&A interview, available both online and as a printable PDF, Ian Harrison talks about respiration in marine organisms and his work as an ichthyologist. He answers nearly 15 questions, including:
- What's different about breathing in a marine environment?
- How do gills work?
- Do gills serve any other functions besides breathing?
- Do different marine organisms breathe in different ways?
- Do different marine organisms breathe in different ways at different points in their life cycles?
- What kind of equipment do you need to collect specimens?
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biology or ocean life with an activity drawn from this look at how marine animals breathe.
- Send students to this online interview, or print copies of it for them to read.
- Have them write a one-page essay in which they explain what "breathing" is in their own words and how the process is different for marine organisms.
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