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Lesson Plans

My name is Dr. Craig O’Connell and I am the executive director of this Montauk-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, O’Seas Conservation Foundation and a host for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Over the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world to study some of the most iconic underwater animals.  Due to the current situation with COVID-19, our organization wanted to create a competition/challenge for each and every young student out there using some of the actual video data I’ve collected from my research and Shark Week documentaries. This is our first Lesson Plan/Challenge but based on its success, we may have more in the very near future.  Stay healthy, stay positive, and have fun with this.


What's up BRUVS? Using Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) to Spy on Sharks and Other Marine Life


Details:  This lesson plan is an interactive lesson plan that will challenge middle-high school students on various aspects of shark biology.  Using Youtube as our data collection tool, students will be transforming their living rooms into their own scientific labs as they analyze amazing underwater video from the USA, the Bahamas, Mexico, Madagascar, and South Africa.  The exciting part is that the first 50 students that can complete the 20-day challenge (excludes weekends) and address our four challenge aims will not only get an O'Seas Conservation Foundation sticker, but also a hand-signed white shark photograph from Shark Week Star and our executive director, Dr. Craig O'Connell! 






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