View Full Version : Do you mind helping a Science teacher?

09/23/2013, 09:11 PM
I'm (almost) a High School Science teacher and I absolutely love this amazing hobby and I want to share some images of the hobby and of different species with my students. The problem is that in text books, most of the time you will find only diagrams of organisms and "cartoons" depicting what an organism should look like - and not the detail of lets say - an actual snails radula or the algae within a clams mantle.

This is where I try to find images from the internet, but some of them are copyrighted, understandably so, and none of them are, in my opinion, on par with what you guys are capable of capturing. So, here is a challenge -

Take some pictures, macro shots, of your favorite creatures, plants, algae, sponges etc. to show their different structures, parts, shapes, colors, movement (get creative!), symbiotic relationships, parasitic relationships, size in relation to other creatures, and anything else that you find interesting that you would want your kids to know about ocean life. Then, post them on this thread and I will incorporate it into a lesson plan! YES! This is an opportunity for your photographs to be posted, remembered and studied by potentially thousands of young Scientists!

By posting a picture on this thread, you have given me permission to use your image in my classroom and to incorporate it into a lesson plan. Please label each picture accordingly. Thank you for participating and helping a poor up-and-coming Science teacher!

09/24/2013, 05:05 PM
Here's a shot of my Mexican turbo snail u can see the ridges in its mouth


09/24/2013, 05:07 PM
Don't know if this serves anything technical but you can see how big his jaw gets while feeding


09/24/2013, 09:55 PM
Oh how cool!!!
Great snail photograph!
I really need to setup the new cameras.
Ugh. So much to do :-\

09/25/2013, 07:50 AM

Thank you so much for your two contributions! I love the picture of the snail. Lots of things to talk about it, with it's mouth parts (radula) and what they are made of, to the simple eyes and the mantle, and how they secrete a calcium carbonate shell... great!

I also love the picture of the Anthia. Lots to talk about there - from labeling the parts of a fish, to coloration to how certain mouth parts developed over time, and their mechanics. Great work! I love your photos.

Keep them coming! If you would like credit for your work, small captions are perfectly fine with me, as long as they are school appropriate.

09/25/2013, 07:59 AM
THIS IS NOT MINE, but there is an awesome pic in this thread you might PM the poster about


09/26/2013, 12:37 AM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3708/9442086262_b6221a04bf_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9442086262/)
dendrocloseup (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9442086262/)

Close up of a Dendrophyllia arbuscula (dendro) showing the mouth of the coral, the tentacles and the nematocysts (stinging cells) on the tentacles.

Also a video showing the coral in action eating brine shrimp

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09/28/2013, 08:41 AM

Thank you so much for the contribution! That pic of a polyp is really awesome. I'm glad that I have a good picture now.

09/28/2013, 08:58 AM
Here are a few shots of corals getting ready to feed you can see them extending their feeders or sweeper tentacles, enjoy!!


Fully open and ready to eat


My war favia coral


09/28/2013, 09:01 AM
Here's a comparison shot of my strawberry shortcake with polyps retracted


And one when it's time to eat they really party


The first photo is taken under actinic lighting which makes the colors pop. The second photo was shot under a combo of aqua blue specials and blue +'s.

09/28/2013, 09:06 AM
My pink boobies chalice

Here u can see the individual eyes/mouths starting to open up and short little sweepers coming out to get ready to feed


09/28/2013, 09:13 AM
This next set would probably make a good topic of discussion when going over zooxanthellae and coloration.

This is my purple monster when originally acquired it was browned out and stressed out


After proper acclimation and good husbandry this coral turned into a gem displaying great polyp extension and showing its true colors


09/28/2013, 10:10 AM
awesome shots all around franky!

09/28/2013, 09:14 PM
Beautiful shots frankyrivera, as always. Thank you for your contributions. I like the shots that you are taking, lots to talk about. I like the PE photos to show feeding and non-feeding.

Also, I like the two pictures of the browned out coral to the one that has colored up. I can bring in these pictures as part of a discussion on ocean conservation and the positive impact of the aquarium industry.

Does anyone have shots of copepods, amphipods, isopods, limpets, chitons, worms of all kinds, any types of algaes... and their structures - leaves, stems, roots. Mangrove growth and rooting structures. How about other types of invertebrates like cucumbers, feather dusters, micro feather dusters, starfish on the side of the glass, ostracods, different types of sponges ... just to name a few ideas.

Keep the images coming! I am loving this thread! Thank you so much for participating and helping me out.

09/29/2013, 09:08 AM
Feather Duster

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8461431493_3156fe010e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461431493/)
IMG_3979 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461431493/)

Christmas Tree Worms
The base is a porite coral and the worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) burrow themselves into the coral.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8461428821_57f1b3e11c_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461428821/)
IMG_4005 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461428821/)

Clown Goby, Montipora coral and tiny crab
The clown goby hides amongst the montipora coral and occasionally nips at it (and all my other sps).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8525/8461464013_a8fbb7de59_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461464013/)
IMG_3811 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8461464013/)

Berghia Nudibranch
They are related to slugs and go through life eating one thing - Aiptasia anemones.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5524/10000368566_5df511d90b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10000368566/)
vlcsnap-2013-09-29-09h59m16s21 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10000368566/)

09/29/2013, 11:53 AM
Close up of Christmas Tree Worm and Porite Coral

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5525/10002708433_7c0ba9b32d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10002708433/)
IMG_1206 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/10002708433/)

09/29/2013, 07:40 PM
Beautiful pictures Noy, thank you for sharing them with me and my future students.

10/08/2013, 08:05 PM
So, just bumping this thread. Does anyone else want to contribute?

10/12/2013, 10:59 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/12/ygeqazer.jpg http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/13/amazuhen.jpg

10/12/2013, 01:10 PM
Qupted for viewing.



10/12/2013, 01:15 PM
Haha oops. thank you!

10/12/2013, 05:52 PM

10/12/2013, 06:41 PM
Beautiful photos here guys. As a professional photographer, I'd like to mention something contrary to what the original poster has said. This may have been covered and if so, I apologize.

I merely want to point out that ALL photographs are copyrighted, not just some. Posting them does not make them a part of public domain either. Nothing need be done either to copyright images. The Library of Congress recognizes that a work is copyright as soon as the image is recorded (shutter button released and written to card or recorded on film) so my just pressing the shutter release, my work is copyrighted.

If a hobbyist were to catch someone using an image without permission, then they would have the right to sue for actual damages based on the value of their work. The burden of proof lies with the photographer to prove the images belong to him. If that person has also taken the time to send the images to the Library of Congress to register them then he can also sue for punitive damages as well up to $10,000 per image and there is no burden of proof because they are already registered.

When using someone else's work, please make every effort to contact them. Most photographers are just hobbyists and would enjoy sharing their work with people who ask. This is all just FYIO.

Enjoy and keep the great photos coming.

10/12/2013, 10:11 PM
^ you say this, and then you say keep the pictures coming?

The posters on this thread have given me permission to use these photos in my classroom and incorporate them in my lesson plans,... not to take these images as my own and publish them under my name. I hope that was understood from the start of the thread.

Anyways, thank you very much for the additional photos,... and yes, please keep them coming.

10/13/2013, 05:34 PM
I said keep them coming because I enjoy looking at them. There are a lot of people who think that because something is on the Internet that it's free for the taking and that's just not true. I hope you get what you need for your project and know that it's nothing personal. ;)

10/13/2013, 06:10 PM
mystery wrasse, not sure what it has to do with your lesson but its awesome to look at.
http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j419/bigvag/003_zpsc8b5a82f.jpg (http://s1084.photobucket.com/user/bigvag/media/003_zpsc8b5a82f.jpg.html)

10/14/2013, 04:38 AM
Some of mine you're welcome to use.

Some giant Clam anatomy?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7355/9621670575_771237b524_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9621670575/)
Maxima (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9621670575/) by --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/9624917564_a3ef3e4b94_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9624917564/)
Maxima (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9624917564/) by --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Symbiotic relationships?
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5454/9620696751_11920a3427_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9620696751/)
Pistol Shrimp (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9620696751/) --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Not quite symbiotic these ones, I refuse to have an Anemone so it's using the next best thing. Also the crab is quite an interesting one.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/9025139612_f9aa03562e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9025139612/)
Skunk Clownfish (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9025139612/) by --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/9228158017_df07d922b2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9228158017/)
Pom Pom Crab (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9228158017/) by --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

This is one mean fish, takes crap from nobody.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/9688324182_3cfbf7de47_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9688324182/)
Angry Gramma (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9688324182/) by --Aaron-- (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr

10/14/2013, 12:29 PM
mystery wrasse, not sure what it has to do with your lesson but its awesome to look at.
http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j419/bigvag/003_zpsc8b5a82f.jpg (http://s1084.photobucket.com/user/bigvag/media/003_zpsc8b5a82f.jpg.html)

Nice shot, Corey. Great color and nice and sharp.

Reef Bass
10/19/2013, 09:23 AM
Love the pom pom Aaron, and the angry Gramma. I had an older gramma with huge almost tusk like lower jaw teeth. When I came near "his" cave, we would charge my hand with his mouth open. An impressive display from a beautiful fish.

10/19/2013, 02:52 PM
Love the pom pom Aaron, and the angry Gramma. I had an older gramma with huge almost tusk like lower jaw teeth. When I came near "his" cave, we would charge my hand with his mouth open. An impressive display from a beautiful fish.

Thanks, the Gramma does that to anything silly enough to get near it's hidey hole, it hasn't done it to my hand yet though.

10/19/2013, 08:43 PM
That's awesome! Thanks guys, great photos! Lots to talk about with those pics as well. Awesome!!!!