Activity or Mini-Lesson

Oviparous Ocean Animals (Babies in Eggs)

Octopus Eggs In Monterey Bay NMS
Ocean Exploration Trust

When E/V Nautilus visited the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2018, the team discovered miles and miles of octopus brooding, or protecting their eggs, along cliff edges. In 2019, the Corps of Exploration returned to see if this amazing discovery was still happening and to gather data on why they were there. Using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) this lesson, looks at the life history strategy of egg-laying organisms, like octopus. 

Objectives & learning outcomes

The learner will explore the lives and adaptations of oviparous marine life in order to better understand the diversity of life and animal life-history strategies.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Time & materials

Time & materials
Scale: one of three
Prep time and materials cost minimal, may require printing.