(if you click on the title above you can use the arrow keys to move it around...its a good way to waste time...ill update it soon to do more stuff as I learn Flash)


Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
  • I will use the credible sources that are listed on the credible sources page but, I will use only the important information on the pages.

  • I rejected some sources: NBA:Mike S - I agree with Vic. Also alot of sports stories are written based on opinion rather than fact. And it isnt about science so it is irrelevant.
  • I accepted some sources: Natural History Museum-This is a credible source because it is a well know institution and has many scientists working there finding new things. Also there is a large collection of artifacts that give the scientists something to research and learn new things about.
  • The Nature Institue
    Berkley -These sources are credible because it is a site no one can edit the website and the list the author and their sources is shown.
  • California Medical Association-It is made by a few credible doctors. Also I agree with the statement above mine that California is a large state and some of the most credible doctors.
  • Bavelier Lab-This is a credible source because its a direct source also because it is info from the original source.
  • Saint Louis University Study-I agree with Geff. Also it is from a university that did a study so the info isnt going to be false

I also posted some credible sources-National Museum of Natural History-
Mike S
  • Guy
* Vincent
  • Geoffrey

This is a credible source because it is a well know institution and has many scientists working there finding new things. Also there is a large collection of artifacts that give the scientists something to research and learn new things about. I agree with Mike that this is a crediable sorce. I think that because it is the official website made from the people of the Museum. It also has many hyperlinks. They give contact information so you could ask them questions about the site and museum.
  • This site is credible because it is from a reputable museum. It is also almost 100 years old.
  • I agree that this site is a credible source. It is an official website of a well known institution with a big collection of artifacts. Articles that are posted on this website are written by experts on the subject and are subject to much peer review.
Science Daily: Marine Biology

Mike S
  • Ms Baker

This is a credible source because it is constantly updated. It is also written by experts in the particular field. Also it show the most recent discoveries and big news in different fields
    • || Giant Jellyfish Newspaper Article || || MikeS
      Joe || || This is a credible source because it is a newspaper article and it is a firsthand account and it can’t be based on opinion because it is on an event and it just explains what happens. The site I got this off of is the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology site.
      Chris-This is a credible source because it is a newspaper on marine biology. The writers of this source can't put on false information because there can't be any opinions because it's about marine biology and they cant lie. This site is also constantly up to date because it's a news source.
      This source is credible because it is first hand account and it is based on an event.The author seems to have credibility
      - This is a credible source because it is an article on a first hand account, so it can't be opinion based. Also, it shows the author of the article. ||
  • This is a credible source because it gives a lot of information and good reasoning on how sharks swim when they are sleeping. It stayed on the topic
    • Live Birth -- Key To Much Marine Life -- Depends Upon Evolution Of Chromosomal Sex Determination........Mike S.....This is a credible source because it was a study done by a Harvard team. Also it is from a credible website, Science Daily.
    • Yes - Ms Baker
      • Marine Animal Database at marinebio.com Mike S This Website has alot of helpful information on alot of different marine species. It is also constantly updated. Vincent-I agree with Mike. This has alot of constantly updated information. Mike L- I also agree this sorce is very informational, also its sources are very good.Jesse- This website has a lot of helpful information on many different species. This also has attaching sources to it that are helpful
      • http://www.oceansunfish.org/------Mike S- This Website is completly devoted to the study of Giant Oceanic Sunfish. This is also connected to NatGeo and has alot of research by some professionals in Marine Biology. One being Dr. Tierney Thys.
        Amy - This is a credible source because it has a lot of research on the topic of Marine Biology. Also the research is on actual studies that have been performed is accurate and it has interesting pictures and information from these studies.
        Alec- this is a credible source because on the "about us" page, the staff of the website appear to be professionals in marine biology. the articles are well written and provide detained information as well. this is definately a credible source.



Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
  • I will take note of important parts and use them as a part of my posts.
All of my information is from various articles about marine biology. Also all of it is in my own words and some even has some person knowledge and experience.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
  • I only use the pictures that have the Creative Commons license.
  • I will only use videos that have embedding enabled.
  • I will hyperlink all important and keywords to the page were i got the information from.
All of the pictures that are used are under the creative commons license.
All of the Videos that are posted are embedded.
Anything in my post that is IMportant is hyperlinked and is linked to the page that I got the information from.
Publish work that is available for peer-review
  • I will put up all my posts on time so it is available.
All my posts where up on time.
I accepted and rejected many articles.
Also I posted my sources so my peers could accept and reject them.
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
  • I will post interesting information that will provoke either an interesting argument or important add-ons.
I emailed a underwater photographer, Annie Crawly, and I didn't get a responce.
Here is the E-mail:
I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions about marine biology and photography and if I could post it on my teacher's, Miss Baker's, blog.
1) Is underwater photography a rewarding job?
2) Do you learn alot about the different species you photograph?
3) What is the most dangerous marine animal you have encountered?
4) Have you ever photographed a Mola mola, or ocean sunfish?
Thank you,
Mike S.

Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
  • I will read all my peers posts carefully.
  • Anything I need to bring up to them I will but in a nice manner and so that it is helpful to them.
I read Jack's blog post and left helpful tips that he used to better his post:
Mike S-
Overall great post Jack! All the info is great. You just have to make sure you get all you links in place. Also you might want to use a few more links throughout (just a suggestion though). The questions are great and aren't opinion based.
Also you do use a Photoshopped image and I'm not exactly sure how you should site that...you should check with Miss Baker on how to site that. If you can why don't you add a video or two (again a suggestion).
Discuss in-class assignments
  • I will have all my homework and assignments done on time.
  • I will also share any important information to the class.
Alot of my paragraphs could be related to evolution. For Example: The Great White is one of the largest and most powerful predator in the ocean and it eats alot of fat and carbs and because of the demand for the energy it has to eat larger prey and its body, over millions of years, has adapted to do so.
Apply creativity to work
  • I am learning the program Flash and that will be a great way to add some flavor to my page.
  • Also I will add a lot of interesting pictures and videos.
I added alot of pictures and a few videos to make my post interesting. There are three videos and amazing pictures. The pictures and videos let people be able to see, listen, and visualize what the animals look and sound like.

Hi all! I am Mike S and I'm in Miss Baker's Biology class. Science has always been my favorite subject in school and now that we get to use blogging in science i like it even more. The blog is a great way to get insight from professional scientists and even our peers. It is also a great way to learn the blogging world and use it effectively. I enjoy many thing including science, music, computers, and hundreds of video games. In others words I am the average teenage boy.
Animals and their behaviors have been a favorite subject matter of mine for quite a while. First my favorite was paleontology, which is the study of prehistoric life. then my favorite was microbiology which is the study of microorganisms. And now it is marine biology which is the study of oceanic life.
This is the famous Sue. One of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons in the world. Sue was in the American Museum of Natural Historyin New York City but, now is in The Field Museum.

This is a Great White Shark, my favorite marine organism. This is the music video for my favorite Atreyu song Ex's and Oh's.

A little about me: I listen to mostly metal music and some classical. My two favorite bands are Atreyu and Weezer. I also enjoy using computers for many reasons. One is for gaming and another is for music.


In the field of marine biology, there have been many new discoveries. Some are new species others are missing links. This post will show you some the newly discovered species as well as some other fascinating marine species. This is a newspaper article from Hawaii about a Giant Jellyfish also known as, Anomalorhiza shawi. This jellyfish, although rare and hardly seen, is not a recent discovery. This giant jelly was found in Kane‘ohe Bay, Hawaii. This is extremely rare for this species to be in tropic waters. Anomalorhiza shawi is usually found in colder waters around the Philippines. This is only the second sighting of the giant jelly since 1983. The jelly’s “umbrella” is about 2 feet in diameter. They do sting but they don’t have one that is strong enough to hurt a person too badly. Click here to see footage of the huge animal for the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
Another jellyfish that is commonly seen and not thought about much is the Moon Jellyfish, also known as Aurelia aurita, saucer jelly, and common jellyfish. It is relatively small only measuring at around 5-40 centimeters. The jelly has many different color and dot patterns on its bell. Like the giant jellyfish, the moon jellyfish’s sting is mild. The moon jelly prefers swimming closer to the surface of the water. Doing this helps their tentacles cover more area so they can grab something to eat. An interesting fact about the moon jelly is that they have what is called rhopalial centers. Rhopalial centers allow the jelly to control the rate at which their bell pulses. This, in the end, allows them to control their respiratory rate when the oxygen level is too low.
The Common Dolphin is not the dolphin you’re thinking of. The common dolphin goes by other names such as Mahi Mahi (which means strong strong in Hawaiian), Dorado (meaning gold in Spanish), Coryphaena hippurus or the dolphinfish. This is a fish, unlike the other dolphin which is a marine mammal. The common dolphin usually has a blue dorsal fin and upper part and progressively gets into a light green color. They are also known to have gold on their bodies. The common dolphin is found in tropical waters in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. They move around or migrate a lot and are found in schools around coastal areas or even in the open ocean. The diet of the Mahi Mahi is usually squid and crustaceans but ranges to other fish and zooplankton, which are microscopic organisms that drift around the ocean.
A very nice Mahi-Mahi by manoellemos.
A very nice Mahi-Mahi by manoellemos.
The Mola mola, or Common Mola, is an ocean sunfish. They can reach enormous lengths. The largest being over 10 feet long and weighing almost two and a half tons. Most of their body is their head and behind the head there are two large fins called, sweeping fins. In most pictures and sightings the sweeping fins appear to be on the side of the fish because of its position but really it is on the top and bottom of the fish. On the shark-like, sand paper feeling skin there is a layer of mucus. This layer of mucus is extremely important to the fish. It is important because of its diet which consists of different jellyfish, Portuguese Man-O-War, and jellyfish-like zooplankton. The jellyfish could injure the Mola mola without the mucus and the Portuguese Man-O-War has been known to kill people. So the mucus is vital to the survival of this species. The mola has also been known to eat small fish, deep sea eel, serpent star parts, and sponges. According to studies, a four and a half foot Mola mola female produces over three hundred million eggs (that’s 300,000,000 eggs)! The Mola mola has one of the most eggs per female out of most other fish. This is again vital to the growth of the species. Because of the mola’s close relation to the puffer fish after a larvae hatches, it has what appear to be spikes around its body. After growing up to a full grown Mola mola, it has many predators to worry about. One being parasites. On average a mola has over 40 different species of parasites in and on its body! If the parasites aren’t enough then it is two main predators, Killer Whales (Orcas), Sea Lions, and once dead starfish.
Mola-Mola  (Uglyfish) by BURИBLUE.
Mola-Mola (Uglyfish) by BURИBLUE.
This Video is about the Mola mola ocean sunfish.

Another Great picture of Mola mola
Another Great picture of Mola mola

1) Why aren't Giant Jellyfish often seen in tropical waters?
2) Why is the Mahi Mahi, Dorado, or dolphinfish commonly called the Common Dolphin?
3) What are some downfalls and positives to being extremely migratory?
4) What are some advantages of having such a large head?

Jack- Mike, you need to add information about the video before adding it in, but don't forget to add in your questions. What you have so far is great with the links and all, but you just need to put it all together.
Jack2-The questions are great, the links are fine, but the second picture doesn't link to the flickr page that allows someone to see the fact that the image is creative commons
---Do a flickr search with advanced options and scroll near the bottom and select CC only.
Also some suggestions
-Add some sort of transition between the second jellyfish and first dolphin paragraph
-finish the post
-Instead of Click Here to see some footage maybe put "there is some (link starts) footage (link ends) of the giant creature in blah blah blah