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Science Day at a Brooklyn High School


Sepia elegans
Staff member
Feb 1, 2007
Des Moines, Iowa
Hi Everyone,

My roommate is an art teacher at Bay Academy middle school in Brooklyn, NY. As an art teacher, she was asking the students what animals had striped patterns. I think she was assuming to hear the normal responses of tigers and zebras. But the students said "NAUTILUSES!". Apparently they had learned about nautiluses and the overfishing of the shells in their social studies class from a Time for Kids article that came out in January about the research that I am a part of with Peter Ward. The students then began telling my roommate all about nautilus... The link to the Time for Kids article is below.


So, when the science fair came along my roommate asked if I would volunteer and do an exhibit. I agreed! I brought some computers and looped some of the underwater footage from Australia and had the students try to identify the nautiluses individually, just as I have been doing for months now....

I was encouraged and excited at how much the students knew about nautiluses and how interested they were in simply trying to identify individual nautiluses. Maybe there is even more hope for nautiluses to survive!!




Staff member
Sep 4, 2006
Gainesville, GA
Hey, they may not be as interactive as their cousins the octopus but they are sooo cool it makes up for their lack of interest in humans.

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