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Marine biologist

Ocean research expeditions have diverse teams including scientists. One of the types of scientist on board is marine biologist. They study animals and other living things that are found in the ocean. Their work helps us understand how all the different animals are linked together and also what might affect their health. Working in the deep ocean is exciting as she sometimes discovers new species that no one else has ever seen before!

Ages 8+

20-60 minutes

As a marine biologist in a research expedition, you need to understand how deep sea life is connected. Play this game with a friend, parent or carer to learn about some of the living things seen on Nekton's first mission investigating the deep ocean around Bermuda, Sargasso Sea and the North West Atlantic.

Activity Substem Marine Biologist Figure 1

Activity Steps

Get ready

  1. Download the deep sea life cards and print off one copy.
  2. Carefully cut out each card.
  3. You can color in the different animals before you start playing.

Play (2-3 players)

  1. To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards face down. Each person playing holds their cards so that they can only see the top card.
  2. The player to the dealer’s left starts by reading out a category from the top card (eg Size: 50cm).
  3. The other player(s) then read out the same category from their cards. The one with the best or highest value wins, and that player collects all the top cards, including their own, and moves them to the bottom of their pile.
  4. The winner of the round, then, chooses a category from the next card.
  5. If two or more cards share a value then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from the next card. The winner this time takes the cards in the middle as well.
  6. The person with all the cards at the end is the winner!

More ideas

Try making a food chain from the different animals depicted on the Deep Sea Life cards.

Start with one of the living things that shows a zero feeding level, ie marked with four blank circles. This is a producer.

Then find a primary consumer that relies on this producer for food. Primary consumers are marked with one full circle out of four.

Next find a secondary consumer and so on.

What’s the longest chain you can make?

Safety guidance

  • Scissors should be child friendly and used under supervision.

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