Mobile lab brings sea life to PCES (PHOTO GALLERY)

first_img You Might Like Draft beer bills clear first hurdle Legislation to allow draft beer service in Pike County passed the Alabama House of Representatives this week. Legislation to allow… read more By The Penny Hoarder Students at Pike County Elementary School got up close and personal with sharks, starfish, eel and other aquatic creatures when the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Mobile visited the school on Wednesday.MESSENGER PHOTOS/JAINE TREADWELLThe Dauphin Island Sea Lab brought the wonder and the mysteries of the sea to the students at Pike County Elementary School Wednesday.Dauphin Island Sea Lab is Alabama’s marine research facility. The Lab’s Bay Mobile is a traveling “sea show” that goes around the state bringing the sea to schools that don’t have the opportunity to visit the sea lab site.“We have schools from all across Alabama and beyond that visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab every year,” said Greg Graeber, a Sea Lab employee “However, there are many schools that don’t have that opportunity so we take the lab to them. We want all students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to know that life forms beneath the sea are fascinating but they can also be so bazaar that they rival science fiction.”Graeber said the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Bay Mobile visits schools, free of charge, through grant funding and between 12,000 and 15,000 students benefit each year. In addition, more than 12,000 people visit Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island annually.“Science is fascinating and so is the sea,” Graeber said. “It’s almost incredible that all of the sea animals that we have on display, with the exception of about three, live in or around coastal Alabama.”Graeber said the whole idea of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab mobile unit is to introduce students and teachers to the wonders of the sea.The PCES students were wide-eyed with wonder as Graeber showed an octopus and explained why it has three hearts. They marveled at the thought that the eye of a flounder actually moved from one side of its body to the other. They were amazed to learn that spinner sharks inhabit the coastal waters of their state and shook their heads in disbelief that a shrimp mantist is faster than a speeding bullet.“There are so many fascinating things about sea life and we hope that the students are motivated to learn more,” Graeber said. “Most of them have no idea that the sponges their mothers buy to wash their faces are actually the dead bodies of animals. The sea is a fascinating place and a place of great discovery.”Anita Grant, PCES principal, expressed appreciation to Graeber and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for making the visit to PCES possible.“Many of our students have never been to the beach,” she said. “And those who have had the experience might have seen a jellyfish or picked up shells on the beach but have never seen sea animals like these. To see and touch sea animals is a unique learning experience for them. And, the hands-on experiences enhance what they have learned from books. This was a great opportunity for them and we appreciate it.” Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 8:08 pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Mobile lab brings sea life to PCES (PHOTO GALLERY) Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Contentcenter_img Skip Email the author Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more