This website started as a diverse repository of underwater photos from the Pacific Northwest and has evolved to include educational information on the species present in these waters. It also includes video footage for many of the taxa. In can be of value to local diversity surveys and classroom assignments in the area. Each species is defined with both their scientific name and common name, allowing you to toggle between the two.
No specific student learning outcomes are presented on the site. It is a survey of marine species present in the Northwest Pacific Waters
Target Student Population:
Middle school and high school, of regional interest
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Knowledge of marine habitats, species diversity, basic knowledge of taxonomy.
Type of Material:
The site is composed of great pictures and animations to assimilate learning at a collegiate level.
In class diversity assignment (would require preparation of a guide or activity); team project; homework assignment; general knowledge
The site is html based with no flash. It works on chrome, IE, Firefox and Safari. However some of the videos won’t play in Safari or Chrome. This site requires Quicktime Media Player.
Evaluation and Observation
The site provides a very complete survey of Pacific Northwest marine species and has high quality images and videos
There is also a great diversity of dive sites, which are reflected in different marine habitats
mages beautiful and very colorful
Images are appropriately categorized
Some captions are not completely accurate, other images are misleading (e.g. Caribbean Reef Sharks as a proxy for spiny dogfish, although there is a note on the caption) and the narration of some videos is not as scientific as possible
Fish are grouped separate from Sharks and Skates/Rays although the later are also fish; also Invertebrates is a separate category although many other Invertebrate taxa are listed
There is no reference to marine mammals, known to be important in the Pacific Northwest
Scientific names are not properly italicized in all places
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The quality of the visuals and the complete survey with most marine taxa from the Pacific Northwest are good
The large collection makes it fun to explore many aspects of the subject matter
The information is not easily integrated in a cohesive activity
Learning goals are not addressed, neither are the prerequisites for understanding the information presented on the website
This site would benefit from more interactivity
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It works in a wide range of browsers, except for some of the videos
It has very appealing visuals and it is easy to use
Easy to navigate to the different major sections of site
There is a lack of instructions or ways in which the material could be applied
Several of the videos would not load
A few images were broken and would not load
Videos were very small
Took a lot of time for the videos to load
Other Issues and Comments:
The authors have done a great job with this site. With the growing amount of marine biologists and subsequent identification of new species, effort should be applied to keep up with the massive amount of research being done. With the advent of molecular techniques and understanding of genomics, work should be done to create a taxonomic key representing relationships among organisms found on the site.