I.D. Antarctica 2020
Help identify some of the amazing marine organisms that live in Antarctica!
Join Andrew Corso, a PhD candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and identify “mystery” creatures from his Winter 2020 research cruise off the coast of the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
During January-February 2020, this adventure unfolded in real-time via weekly blog posts. In April 2020, Andrew facilitated a similar virtual program in conjunction with N.J. 4-H at Home.
Now, we’ve compiled these resources here to help students and families explore life in the Southern Ocean, with Andrew as your guide. You can follow along using the archived blog posts (in reverse order) OR choose your own adventure using the table below.
Especially for K12 Teachers: We’ve created this slide deck, with abbreviated content, to share with your students. It will allow them to step through each week’s challenges without skipping ahead to the answers. All of the answers are linked in this separate slide. You may also want to use this brief Antarctica Worksheet to get oriented.
|Mystery Creature #1 Sea Birds
Download this week’s challenge and see if you can identify this sea bird.
|Mystery Creature #2 Zooplankton
Download this week’s challenge and see if you can identify this zooplankton.
|Mystery Creature #3 Fish
Download this week’s challenge and see if you can identify this larval fish.
Want to know more about this mystery creature?
|Mystery Creature #4 Zooplankton Predator-Prey
Download this week’s challenge and see if you can identify this zooplankton predator and prey.
Want to know more about these mystery creatures?
|Mystery Creature #5 Penguins
Download this week’s challenge and test your ability to identify different species of penguins.
Want to know more about penguins on the Western Antarctic Peninsula?
Andrew Corso, a PhD candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will be leading I.D. Antarctica. While he is primarily researching the impacts of climate change on Antarctic fishes, he has the opportunity to work with scientists studying a variety of Antarctic organisms, ranging from bacteria to whales. Andrew’s greatest passion is photography and his specialized equipment will help illustrate the otherworldly animals of the Southern Ocean.