Long Story Shorts: What Are Hybrid Species? – Hakai Institute

Screenshot from Hakai Institute video, Long Story Shorts: What Are Hybrid Species? via Youtube.

“While tales of centaurs, minotaurs, and other mythical hybrid animals have captured the human imagination for centuries, our planet harbors its own collection of extraordinary beings that blur the lines between species. Journey with us as we explore the wonderful world of real-life hybrid animals….”

Ocean Wonders: Aging in the Abyss – Hakai Institute

“Imagine what it might be like to get old living in the deep. From creatures that exist for just a matter of days to others that never quite die, animal aging in the deep blue is as wild as the sea itself. Join us as we take a look at what it’s like to grow old in the ocean…”

Ocean Wonders: A Symphony of Smells – Hakai Institute

Screenshot from Hakai Institute video, Ocean Wonders: A Symphony of Smells, via Youtube.

“Take a whiff of the sea breeze. What happens to that scent when you sink below the surface? It turns out the sense of smell is crucial to those living in the deep. Hold your breath—but not your nose—as we explore olfaction in the ocean…”

What is the Coast? – Coasts for Kids Series

Screenshot from Coasts for Kids Series, Episode 1 CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 DEED via Youtube

The ‘Coasts for Kids’ animations is a young kids and family-friendly video series for all ages to learn why coasts are important, how do beaches and dunes work, how do people affect them, and what can we do about it. The episodes cover KS2 educational and environmental messages allowing everyone to understand, enjoy, and care for our coasts…

For more information and resources visit www.coastsforkids.com

Is Earth in a New Time Period: The Plasticene? – Frontiers for Young Minds

Geological Time Spiral (courtesy of United States Geological Survey, Public domain, via Wikimedia).

Earth has a special calendar called the geologic time scale…We are currently in the Holocene Epoch, but some scientists believe we have entered a new time called the Anthropocene or the “Age of Humans” because of our impact on the planet. One of the biggest changes humans have made is inventing and using plastic..Because plastic is now found everywhere, some scientists, like us, think we have entered a new stage in Earth’s history called the Plasticene…