Students will have personal experience of increasing pressure. Those experiences can be extended to understand animals at different depths. Then they will use MBARI’s Deep Sea Guide to find animals, and put them on a vertical crosscut of the bay.



Megan McCall & George Feldman

Additional Resources

Videos are included on the Deep-Sea Examples guide

Scientific paper on:

New bone eating worms 

Virtual reality and deep-sea exploration 

Deep-Sea Buffet 

Underwater Field Guide for Big Sur


Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity
Core Ideas
  • PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
  • LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • Developing and using models
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 5.D: The ocean is three-dimensional, offering vast living space and diverse habitats from the surface through the water column to the seafloor. Most of the living space on Earth is in the ocean.