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Virtual Shark Lab

Getting Started

In this lab you will study the anatomy of the shark. Humans are fascinated by sharks. We are at once repulsed and attracted to these predators. We fear them, often unneccessarily, because they are so at home in an environment in which we are so ungainly. They are fishes that are highly adapted to the ocean environment and their movements are a study in grace. They have survived for millenia in a form which is as successful now as it was when dinosaurs walked the Earth.

What Do You Know?

Laboratory Exercise

Complete the Laboratory Activities

The laboratory exercise consists of 6 activities.

Activity 1 External Anatomy of the Shark
Activity 2 Digestive Anatomy of the Shark
Activity 3 Respiratory Anatomy of the Shark
Activity 4 Circulatory Anatomy of the Shark
Activity 5 Urogenital Anatomy of the Shark
Activity 6 Nervous Anatomy of the Shark

Summarizing Your Learning

For a summary activity, find an article in a recent edition of a magazine that deals with sharks. Actively read the article and describe to yourself and one other person any aspects of the article that intersect with this lab's objectives.

For an alternative activity, watch a television broadcast that deals with sharks. Take notes during the show and relate what you saw to another person.