You will be conducting a series of dissections as you explore several phyla of the animal kingdom in depth.
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Biology: The Science of Life: The World of Animals
Survey the major phyla of the kingdom Animalia from the simplest sponges to the most complex vertebrates. Special emphasis is placed on evolutionary relationships, bio-symmetry, and methods of animal reproduction. (20:00)
The Invertebrate Story
Come along on an expedition with Dr. Brian Jerome as he visits such exciting locations as the Everglades, coral reefs, Okeefenokee Swamp, Atlantic beaches, coastal marshes and the Great Smoky Mountains in search of invertebrates. (36:03)
Planet Earth: Shallow Seas (41:00)
Dive into the planet’s shallow waters and witness the ocean’s explosion of life. Examining the complex interactions among ocean inhabitants, the program studies the rarely-seen cooperation between snakes and fish searching for food and the symbiotic relationship shared between algae and coral. Stunning footage from Indonesia, Bahrain, South Africa, Alaska, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef demonstrates the astounding variety of specialization and adaptation among ocean creatures, and an unprecedented view of a great white shark hunting fur seals stresses the fierce nature of life in an aquatic ecosystem. The journey of a humpback whale and her newborn calf from warm Caribbean waters to their winter feeding grounds in Alaska captures the triumph of life even against challenging odds.
Phylum Mollusca (Mollusks)
Characteristics of three types of mollusks. (4:56)
A Closer Look at Mollusks
Mollusks are diverse in type and nature. They live in many different environments. All mollusks have a soft body, although many have an external shell for protection. The shells are secreted from a tissue called the mantle. Examples of mollusks include snails, clams, and octopus. Bivalves are mollusks with two shells that are hinged together. Many mollusks feed by filtering water through their bodies. Because they filter the water, pollution in the water can become concentrated in their bodies. Mollusks are good pollution monitors.