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Dress an Antarctic Fish Activity
Fish Facts: Fish appeared on earth 550 million yeaars ago. Most fish are covered with a slimy, mucous covering (slime coat) and scales for protection. Most fish have a swim bladder which is used for buoyancy. Fish belong to the Kingdom Animalia and the Phylum Chordata.
- Ask for a volunteer with a good sense of humour.
- Explain that the volunteer will pose as an Antarctic fish. Various objects will represent the adaptations of the fish or the physical structures and functions that enable the animal to survive in its environment.
- Place the following items on the 'volunteer Antarctic fish' and ask for suggestions about the meaning of the prop and the usefulness of the adaptation it represents.
Hard hat or helmet
Audio ear plugs
Bottle with 'Antifreeze' label
A kind of antifreeze in the fish's body
Balance and locomotion
Detects pressure waves in the water
Strong sense in fish
Protective film that covers a fish's body
Protects the gills
Pigment cell found in the skin that changes to meet the colour of the environment
Stops fish in Antarctica from freezing!