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Submarine Conservation

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, Nekton Submarine STEM 2020 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the research vessel.

In this lesson, learners will meet Sheena Talma of the Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust.

Connect live to the Indian Ocean, where the Nekton expedition team is undertaking important research about the health of the deep ocean off Seychelles and the Maldives. This live lesson will focus on the relationship between science and ocean conservation, and how the governments of the Seychelles and the Maldives can use the data collected by the team to inform better ocean management and protection.

Classes will have have the chance to put their questions to the team on-board the research ship DSSV Pressure Drop, including the chance to communicate live with DSV Limiting Factor, the submarine used in this research, which is capable of diving to the deepest point in the ocean.

Broadcast on Fri 27 Mar 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14

Prepare for this live lesson by reviewing the attached supporting resources and see the expedition website to learn more about Nekton | First Descent: Midnight Zone. Don't forget to submit questions in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your user profile, once you have booked the lesson.

Live lesson outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The Live Lesson host welcomes students to the expedition and outlines the lesson. They will introduce the expedition and say a little about the research being conducted by the Nekton team. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for yours.

2. Submarine Conservation (20 mins)

The host will then introduce Sheena Talma. The team will discuss one of the conservation objectives of the mission, to support how the Seychelles and Maldivian ocean is governed. This includes the protection of 629,000 km2 of ocean, an area roughly the size of France, over two and a half times the size of the United Kingdom and slightly less than a single Texas. The expedition will gather critical data to define conservation and management priorities and the designation of Marine Protected Areas.

3. Pre-submitted questions (10 mins)

At this point, the team will answer as many pre-submitted questions as possible.

4. Live questions answered (10 mins)

The remaining time will be spent answering as many questions from the Youtube live chat as possible.


Sheena Talma 2

Sheena Talma

Science Manager & Fish Biologist, Nekton

Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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