Oceanological and biological educative program „Blue school“ offers participants an unique chance to get better acquainted, through practical work, with typical Adriatic organisms and their adaptations to marine environment, along with the basic oceanographical terms (sea transparency, salinity, density, temperature and salt composition). Program workshops take place in battery St. Giovanni, while field work is carried out on the coast near a lighthouse and on the boat anchored in “Bunarina” harbour.

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1. Workshop

Workshop lasts 1 hour and the participants can choose one of the following topics:

a)Adriatic Sea invertebrates In the workshop the participants are introduced to well-known groups of marine invertebrates with living samples (corals, crabs, bryozoans, tube worms, urchins, starfish, etc.) and dry material (snail and mussel shells, crab shells, etc.). Biologist – educator explains characteristics of different species and their significance in the food chain, with interesting facts.

b)Dissection of cartilaginous fish– using dead specimens of dogfish (cartilaginous fish) and dry bony fish specimens, participants determine differences between cartilaginous and bony fish in groups of 3-4 persons, while the biologist – educator explains their physiology and anatomy.

c)Examination of sea grass communities with stereo microscopesparticipants examine samples of marine animals collected from shallow sea bottom. With the help of a biologist – educator participants are introduced to basic differences between various groups of organisms and characteristical species are determined. *prior reservation required

* Examination of marine plankton with stereo microscopes (available only in two day programme) -participants examine samples of marine plankton collected by plankton net and determine various types and groups of plankton organisms found in the Adriatic sea.

2. Field work on the coast:

by collecting samples the coastal zones are analysed (splash zone and tidal zone). The collected material is determined and typical species are described along with their adaptations to extreme ecological conditions.

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3. Boat work

by using fishing nets and plankton net, samples are determined and analysed regarding their biology. Meteorological conditions are established during the trip, along with sea transparency, wave direction, currents and wind. Participants are also introduced to basics of fishing.

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Prices are available on request (infos@quarium.hr; 00385 52 381402)