Aquarium Science: Sharks & Rays

by  Mote Marine Laboratory

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[STUDIO] What is happening to all the sharks? It's a puzzle 400 hundred million years in the making. Use clues from the past to uncover why sharks and rays are threatened today and investigate how to save them for the future. From the legacy of Dr. Eugenie Clark to the pioneering research of FinPrint, Mote is your guide to the fintastic world of sharks and rays.

#shark #ray #elasmobranch #conservation #adaptations #ocean #SDG14

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About This Program


By Request: $180.00
By Request Premium: $162.00

Programming available 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET. Weekend and after hours (5 pm ET) requests are available for an additional fee. There is a convenience fee for calls that require rental of a H.323/SIP Room Connector.

Billing Questions: please contact our Operations & Administration Manager (educate@mote.org, 941-388-4441;348).

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35–55 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod Other Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Effective 8/15/2023, the following policies apply to ALL Mote Outreach (Classroom, Auditorium, Science Talks, Exploration Stations) and SEA Trek programs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hP-jZjauyF4uEDxjuMom3OajUwayUCzDPjLA58FKCR4/edit?usp=sharing

About This Provider

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Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, FL
United States

Experience the wonders of the ocean from the comfort of your own classroom with Mote Marine Laboratory's Virtual Field Trips! As a world-class, AZA-accredited nonprofit marine research institution, we bring the excitement of authentic research and hands-on learning to you. From chatting with a shark trainer in our stunning aquarium, to exploring the Florida Keys and observing coral reefs like a real scientist, our virtual lessons are designed to engage and inspire your students. Aligned with state and national education standards, our lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes and provide a unique and thrilling way to dive into STEM topics. Join us on a virtual adventure and unlock the mysteries of the ocean!

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-2904

Program Details


In this interactive virtual lesson, participants will speak with Mote's ocean experts on the topic of shark and ray research and conservation.

  • 05 min: Introduction and prior knowledge
  • 15 min: Clues from the past–origins, diversity, and adaptations
  • 15 min: Perils of the present–life history, habitats, and ecology
  • 15 min: Challenges for the future–conservation and research
  • 10 min: Questions and answers
Total program length can flexibly run from 35–60 minutes.


Identify and Describe Shark Diversity and Adaptations – Students will be able to categorize and describe different types of sharks, including their various adaptations and sensory abilities. They will understand the differences between bony fish and cartilaginous fish anatomy and physiology. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will explore how these adaptations contribute to the sharks' survival in their environments.

Investigate Shark Behavior and Ecological Role –Through observation and inquiry, students will investigate the behaviors of sharks, including their feeding habits and ecological roles within marine ecosystems. By examining the interactions between sharks and their environment, students will understand the vital role sharks play in maintaining a balanced oceanic ecosystem. They will develop the ability to ask informed questions and seek answers about the complex relationships between sharks, rays, and their habitats.

Examine Misconceptions and Conservation Efforts – Students will critically analyze popular misconceptions about sharks and rays that have led to their misunderstanding and endangerment. They will explore the impact of negative perceptions on shark populations and ecosystems. By studying real-life case studies like Dr. Eugenie Clark's pioneering research and today's FinPrint shark survey program, students will gain insights into ongoing efforts to protect and preserve these species.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Ocean Literacy Principles

  • OLP #5 – The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
  • OLP #6 – The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

ISTE Standards

  • 1.7 Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

Next Generation Science Standards

    5th Grade
  • 5-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 5-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

  • 6th - 8th Grades
  • MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

  • 9th - 12th Grades
  • HS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-LS2-7)
  • HS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • HS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

State Standards

Florida State Standards
SC.3.L.15.1, SC.3.L.17.1, SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.4, SC.3.N.1.7, SC.4.L.16.3, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.N.1.1, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.5.L.15.1, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.6.L.15.1, SC.7.L.15.1, SC.7.L.15.2, S.C.7.L..15.3, SC.7.L.17.1, SC.8.N.4.1, SC.8.N.4.2