Monday, 31 October 2016

Marine species (activity 4)


While you are finishing off activity nº3 the Sand, we are moving on to the next activity.

Activity nº 4: Marine species
Objective: create an infographic of the 10 most important species caught by the fishermen of your closest port using the ICT Piktochart >>

You will have to create an accountsign in, choose the option infographic, scroll down, choose the first template (Create your own infographic) and start editing.

Information included in the infographic:

An infographic is made by blocks, in the first block put the Title and Authors.

In the following blocks you will describe the marine species with the following information:
- Photo or some kind of illustration that allows its identification
-Common name in the local language
-Common name in English (only if local language is not English)
-Scientific name

In the last block put two graphs:
-Percentage that each species represents of the annual turn over
-Percentage that each species represents of tonnes captured annually

You can add any other information of YOUR INTEREST!

Once you have finished you can publish it and post the link provided by Piktochart on this blog to share it!

Source of data:
  • Survey at the port
  • Internet
(Teachers will supply you with the information about the survey, webpages and tutorial of Piktochart)

Label of the post: species
Deadline to complete the form: 14th November
Suggestion: We recommend working in teams, where every group is in charge to look up different kinds of information.
Please remember only one infographic per class!

Looking forward to know the food I can have in your area, yummy!
All the best!


Monday, 24 October 2016

Comments from Sharky (The Water)


First of all, on behalf of the S'Agulla team and myself, we want to send our best wishes to the friends of the Esteem Academy (Orlando, FL) that have been hit by hurricane Matthew. Hope that everything is ok with you now and we're very happy to see that you are managing to send your data. THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS!

So let's see what do we have so far (updated on 11th November):

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Just gone for a swim to all your beaches and all the coordinates are CORRECT! Try it yourselves putting the coordinates on Google Earth!
However, as you can see there are many different ways to write them. For the next time, just put them up as the Escoles Freta have done with a couple of decimals more. In some areas those decimals make a big difference. Thanks!

By the way, Escoles Freta, you mean that you did the survey on the seventh of October and not November, right?

Hmmmm... I see that Stella Maris Ursuline Highschool have had some problems with the data from NASA. Not only in your area I'm afraid. In some regions the land does not seam to be masked properly and that's why you are getting those values above 40ºC. NASA is working on it to solve it. However, if you do have such large values, dismiss them!

Pity only one of you has managed to take the Secchi depth measure. However Escoles Freta, you do have nice clear water.

And YES!!!!! I agree with you that there's just one ocean interconnected. Excellent physical explanation and good idea to use the marine debris of the 2011 tsunami as a marker. BRILLIANT!

Ok, now let me ask you a couple of questions and you can leave your answer using the comment option of the post. Students can also participate individually!

1. None of you coincide with the years of major and minor SST oscillation. Knowing that the sea has a great influence on the climate, do you think that the climate change is going to be the same around the world?

2. And looking at the tides... WAIT! What happens in the Mediterranean sea, you have NO TIDES??? After watching this video tell me what all of you think about it!
You will find more information about how this video was produced HERE>>

And thank you for posting those lovely photos of your beaches. I'm looking forward to see the rest!



Update 11th November: Hello IES Font Marítim 1C. Happy to see that you have finally presented your data. Let's see... Ups! I'm afraid you've forgotten to put in your coordinates if it's North or South and East or West. Could you go over it please? And try to do it in the standard format as agreed, thank you!
I'm afraid there's also been a little confusion with the tidal range. It is not the time of the day of high and low tide, but the vertical difference between high tide and the succeeding low tide. Could you tell me how many meters is that for you please?
You can leave you answers on the comments options of this post. THANK YOU!
And I'm looking forward to the rest of your data!
Best wishes, Sharky

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


The name of our beach: Platja de la Picordia

Town: Arenys de mar, Catalonia Spain

GPS Coordenates: 41º 33' 59.62" N  2º 33' 26.54" E

Tide Chart at St Andreu de Llavaneres (10 km from the sample point)

SST Chart from the last 14 years in the sample area

Living  beings observed in the outing

Sea birds : Larus ridibundus, Larus michahellis, Phalacrocorax  aristotelis

Jellyfish:   Cotylorhiza tuberculata

Photos from our visit to the beach

Monday, 17 October 2016

Activity 2: The Water

The name of our beach: Deal Beach

Town: Deal, New Jersey, USA

GPS Coordinates: 40.2444° N, 73.992° W

Tide Chart:

Graph of Monthly Average SST of the Last 14 Years:

Photos from our visit to the beach:

Water. SI Badalona

The beach is named Platja del Pont del Petroli in Badalona (Spain) on 27 September 2016 by 1:00 PM (13:00).

Front side

Right side Behind us


Temperatures: comparison 2015-16 (2016 is hotter than 2015)

Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Sand (activity 3)


Congratulations to those that you have already sent the information. As soon as all participant schools have sent their data, I will put up a table where you will be able to compare the results. I can't wait to see it!!!

In the meantime we are moving on to the next activity.

Activity nº 3: The Sand
Objective: complete the form The Sand >>

Source of data:
  • Survey (you have already done)
  • Experiments in the classroom
  • Internet
(Teachers will supply you with the information about the experiments and webpages)

Deadline to complete the form: 31st October
Please remember only one form per class!

Also I would love to see what the beach you are studying looks like!  Please post some photos along with the name of the beach, town and GPS coordinates, tide chart and the graph of the monthly average Sea Surface Temperature. (Label: water). Thank you!!!

All the best!