Collier Co. students join Dolphin Explorer for a lesson on the water
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Collier County students are getting a lesson about dolphins without having to leave the classroom. Students are joining a research team on the boat named "Dolphin Explorer" by using the latest technology. The research team from Marco Island teaches the students during a "live" Skype session.
Kent Morse cruises the waters of Collier County every day.
"Our average group is about 3 to 5 dolphins," said Morse.
Kent Morse and James Livaccari are both part of Sea Excursion's 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project. It is a group that studies more than 300 dolphins in our area while giving eco-tours. The team identifies the dolphins by their fin.
"The dolphin which over the course of its life gets knicks, scratches and that is sufficient enough to identify individuals in the population," said Morse.
While Kent chats with passengers, James is on Skype in the back of the boat and is teaching students in a Pittsburg class.
"We're able to Skype and broadcast right into their classroom, really virtually anywhere in the world at anytime," said Livaccari.
A Collier County school, Sea Gate Elementary, is giving the program a try during an after-school program. Students learn about the anatomy of a dolphin and its feeding habits.
"It's not just like standing in a library just learning, it's like we get to visualize what is going on and see dolphins," said Jake Kampf, Sea Gate Elementary student.
"i like seeing all the dolphins and stuff," said Savannah Richards, Sea Gate Elementary.
Sea Gate Elementary tells me they plan on offering this program again in the future.
For more information visit: www.dolphin-explorer.com.