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How to Get Students Excited about Marine Biology and Ocean Science

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For sea-loving folks, it may be difficult to “fathom” how anyone wouldn’t be thrilled by the prospect of learning about the ocean, but it can sometimes be difficult to get students interested in ocean science. At Captain John’s Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, we can get any student excited about marine biology! When students attend our floating classroom, they’ll get to:

  • Tour the bridge with the captain. During the field trip, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain will show the students the bridge of the ship and explain the basics of marine navigation, the various technological devices used every day on the ship, and chart plotting. Students will then be given the exciting opportunity to inspect the bridge first-hand.
  • Have hands-on experiences with the denizens of the deep. When aboard our floating classroom, students can meet spider crabs, sea lettuce, and sea stars up close and personal. Students will be able to handle these creatures in a safe environment while a marine educator teaches facts about the species and their physiological components. Your students will also learn about marine habitats in a fun and engaging way that will stick with them.
  • Watch a lobster trapper in action. An exciting part of the curriculum, a lobster fisherperson will haul up a lobster trap in front of the class and speak about the methods of this tradition. The trapper will also discuss facts about lobsters, traps and hauling gear, and lobster-trapping laws.
  • Catch some plankton. In order to learn about the first link in the food chain, students will be able to catch their very own plankton! Individual microscopes will allow students to examine their plankton and learn about the importance of this species.

Are you ready to get your students thrilled about the deep blue sea? If so, set up a floating classroom field trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours by calling us at (508) 746-2643. We also offer whale watching tours, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about our exciting and educational services.



Visit the Resources Below For More Great Marine Education and Whale Watching Tips

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Get pumped about your upcoming whale watching or deep sea fishing trip by reading about the incredible creatures you’ll be seeing! These great articles have lots of fascinating information. Head out on the open water with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, and you’ll be sure to have the time of your life. Learn more by calling us at (508) 746-2643, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen for your next sea excursion! Learn how to choose the right protection for your skin at WebMD.
  • Are you interested in whales? HowStuffWorks.com provides this basic overview of whales.
  • Get the facts on the plankton your students will be catching on their Floating Classroom fieldtrip from NHPTV.org.
  • You can find more information to help you prepare for deep sea fishing on this page from LiveOutdoors.com.
  • PBS.org offers some great resources to help you incorporate marine biology into your classroom curriculum.



Tips for Preparing for Your First Deep Sea Fishing Excursion

Are you planning a deep sea fishing excursion? You’ll undoubtedly have a lot of relaxing fun while on your excursion, but you should be sure that you don’t forget a few things that can make your trip a bit more comfortable. Prepare the night before so you don't forget anything early in the morning, and happy sailing!

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  • Bring Sunglasses and a Hat: Sunglasses help your eyes relax, cut the wind, and enhance natural colors. Additionally, polarized glasses cut glare and enable you to see fish that are in the water better. A hat is also important, especially if you are fair-haired. You don’t want to spend all day applying sunscreen only to realize that your scalp is burned! A hat with a brim can also help protect your eyes and face.
  • Don’t Forget the Sunscreen: Make sure that the sunscreen you bring is waterproof. Even if it’s a cloudy day, you still want to protect yourself from harmful UV rays when you’re out on the water. A lip protectant with an SPF is also a great idea—chapped lips can be very irritating when you’re trying to fish and relax.
  • Pack a Windproof and Waterproof Jacket: Mornings on the water can be brisk, and the weather can change unexpectedly. Look for a lightweight jacket that will protect you from windy weather and ocean spray, and wear it over a long-sleeved shirt and short-sleeved t-shirt. This way, you’ll be prepared no matter what the weather that day brings.
  • Purchase a Remedy for Seasickness: It is a good idea to be prepared for seasickness, even if you’ve never experienced it before. Ginger root is an excellent remedy for seasickness, but you can also bring over-the-counter medication to help you weather the storm, so to speak. Avoid soda and big meals before you step aboard, and don’t drink too much alcohol the night before—it may end up making your fishing excursion miserable.

Hit the open water with the best in the industry—call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at (508) 746-2646. We offer whale watching tours and a floating classroom as well, so contact us today!


A Close Look at the World's Largest Blue Whale Colony

Blue whales are among the most graceful and majestic creatures of the deep, and now you can get a close look at the largest blue whale colony in the world, located off the shores of Sri Lanka, by watching this video clip.

Blue whales have been hunted to near-extinction, but these incredibly large animals have found sanctuary off the coast of Sri Lanka. Maine biologists come from all around the world to study these mammoths of the ocean, which are the largest living creatures on Earth.

See whales up-close by joining Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours. We can take you out deep sea fishing or whale watching, and we even provide a floating classroom for some educational fun on the water. Call us at (508) 746-2646 to learn more.



How to Get Students Excited about Marine Biology and Ocean Science

For sea-loving folks, it may be difficult to “fathom” how anyone wouldn’t be thrilled by the prospect of learning about the ocean, but it can sometimes be difficult to get students interested in ocean science. However, at Captain John’s Whale Watching & Fishing Tours, we can get any student excited about marine biology! When students attend our floating classroom, they’ll get to:

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  • Tour the bridge with the captain. During the field trip, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain will show the students the bridge of the ship and explain the basics of marine navigation, the various technological devices used every day on the ship, and chart plotting. Students will then be given the exciting opportunity to inspect the bridge first-hand.
  • Have hands-on experiences with the denizens of the deep. When aboard our floating classroom, students can meet spider crabs, sea lettuce, and sea stars up close and personal. Students will be able to handle these creatures in a safe environment while a marine educator teaches facts about the species and their physiological components. Your students will also learn about marine habitats in a fun and engaging way that will stick with them.
  • Watch a lobster trapper in action. An exciting part of the curriculum, a lobster fisherperson will haul up a lobster trap in front of the class and speak about the methods of this tradition. The trapper will also discuss facts about lobsters, traps and hauling gear, and lobster-trapping laws.
  • Catch some plankton. In order to learn about the first link in the food chain, students will be able to catch their very own plankton! Individual microscopes will allow students to examine their plankton and learn about the importance of this species.

Are you ready to get your students thrilled about the deep blue sea? If so, set up a floating classroom field trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours by calling us at (508) 746-2646. We also offer whale watching tours, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about our exciting and educational services.


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