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Exploring Marine Science

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“Yes!” a group of Hampton Bays Middle School sixth graders shouted in unison on Sept. 26 when asked if they would like to see a shark heart. Dutifully, a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator reached inside the dead shark and displayed the heart, which brought on a collective “wow!”

The lesson in shark anatomy was part of Marine Science Exploration Day, held at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays. During the program, students rotated to four hands-on stations, where they engaged in scientific learning. 

The stations were led by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, who provided students with information about marine meadow eelgrass restoration, oyster gardening and farming, the ecosystem of marshland and sharks. Students also got to touch and hold several marine species.