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Or, try out some of our public assignments, created by the YOE team and the Department of Conservation:

Public Assignments

Māui Dolphins
The maui dolphin is one of the smallest dolphins in the world, and one of the rarest. This assignment looks at where they live, how to spot one and what to do if you ever do. Join Riley and Steve in their adventures on the west coast of the North Island as they search for this hard to spot mammal.
Content Count: 15Passcode: 8SK0ReE Start Assignment
Beat plastic pollution
Discover the issue with plastic in the ocean and simple steps where children can make an immediate difference. By Young Ocean Explorers
Content Count: 10Passcode: 7qiwqy9 Start Assignment
Issues for marine environments
By the Department of Conservation. Understand the causes and effects of issues in our oceans, and how humans influence marine environments. Check out DOC's Marine Reserves resource here: www.doc.govt.nz/education-marine-reserves
Content Count: 13Passcode: 7mxhzjc Start Assignment
Investigating marine ecosystems
By the Department of Conservation. Understand how different animals feed and how they interact with each other. Check out DOC's Marine Reserves resource here: www.doc.govt.nz/education-marine-reserves
Content Count: 4Passcode: 7mxsspt Start Assignment
Stars of a marine reserve
By the Department of Conservation. Explore what lives in New Zealand’s marine reserves. Check out DOC's Marine Reserves resource here: www.doc.govt.nz/education-marine-reserves
Content Count: 10Passcode: 7mwy4ua Start Assignment
Seabirds
Content Count: 8Passcode: 7jyxl90 Start Assignment

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In the Videos tab you will find a searchable list of all videos. As a Teacher you can group these videos together with quizzes and polls into Assignments that you can share with your students.

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As a Teacher you can group videos together with quizzes and polls into Assignments that you can share with your students. Students can view assignments simply by clicking on the "Join Class" button and entering the assignment passcode. They don't have to sign in or create an account!

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Video list

Below is a list of all videos. Hover your mouse over a title to receive additional information.

TitleDurationTags
A swimming crab, WHAT? 01:09 Crab , Creature facts , Sea bottom , Adaptation
Are sharks bones made from noses? 00:33 Shark , Life processes , Movement , Adaptation
Are shipwrecks good or bad? 02:02 Human , Conservation , History , Shipwreck , Seabirds
Breathing is tricky for a turtle 01:29 Turtle , Life processes , Breath
Can a girl fish become a boy fish? 04:34 Fish , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Life cycle
Can rays see electricity? 00:49 Ray , Senses , Life processes
Can you hold your breath longer than a fur seal? 00:47 Te Reo , Breath , Fur seal , Stats/numbers , Life processes
Catch fish not birds 00:00 Conservation , Explorer video , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Seabirds , Stats/numbers , Tips
Crab Dad jokes 00:35 Crab
Crayfish Dad jokes 00:23 Spiny rock lobster , Sea bottom
Crazy plastic journey 00:00 Conservation , Explorer video , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Human , Plastic , Turtle
Do dolphins drink water? 00:47 Adaptation , Dolphin
Do fish eat meatballs? 01:09 Marlin , Fish , Apex predator
Dolphin Dad jokes 00:33 Dolphin
Dolphin skin - it's amazing! 00:50 Skin , Dolphin , Life processes , Adaptation
Dolphins special sleep trick 00:40 Adaptation , Sleep , Dolphin , Life processes
Fish Dad jokes #1 00:42 Fish
Fish Dad jokes #2 00:44 Fish
Fur seal Dad jokes 00:48 Fur seal
Growing up is tough in a spiky shell 00:57 Spiny rock lobster , Growth , Life processes , Sea bottom
Hopukina he ika, kaua ko te manu. 00:00 Conservation , Explorer video , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Seabirds , Stats/numbers , Te Reo , Tips
How Dad saved a dolphin! 02:00 Dolphin , Conservation , Human
How did fur seals get their name? 00:51 Fur seal , Life processes , Skin , Adaptation , Poo
How do rays breathe underwater? 00:59 Breath , Ray , Life processes
How do you clean a dirty ocean? 04:50 Shellfish , Ray , Conservation , History , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Sea bottom
How do you film movies underwater? 01:51 Human , Technology
How does a dolphin move? 01:09 Movement , Life processes , Adaptation , Dolphin
How is a ray like a vacuum cleaner? 01:31 Ray , Food chain/web , Life processes
How many eggs does this huge fish lay? 00:39 Science , Te Reo , Sunfish , Fish , Life cycle
How to hide in plain sight 01:32 Countershading , Camouflage , Whale , Dolphin , Shark , Fish , Adaptation , Ray
How to swim with a snorkel 02:38 Human , Snorkelling
Human Dad jokes 00:46 Human
Is a sharks skin made from teeth? 00:53 Shark , Skin , Life processes , Fish , Technology , History , Adaptation
Is anything scared of a dolphin? 01:09 Life processes , Orca , Food chain/web , Dolphin
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 01:01 Geography , Ray , Creature facts , Te Reo
Is that an underwater robot? 01:14 Technology , Human , Boxfish
Is the fur seal just a dog that swims really well? 00:38 Adaptation , Stats/numbers , Fur seal
Is this a sea hedgehog? 01:47 Kina , Creature facts , Camouflage , Sea bottom
Kelp, help! 02:04 Kelp , Habitat/home , Food chain/web , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Stats/numbers , Sea bottom
Looking for a tiny dolphin 00:00 Creature facts , Dolphin , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui , Stats/numbers
Meet a special kind of shark 01:50 Shark , Creature facts
Meet a UFO! 01:24 Stats/numbers , Ray , Creature facts
Meet the bravest fish in the ocean! 04:20 Fish , Life processes , Explorer video , Triplefin
Meet the hawksbill turtle 01:46 Turtle , Conservation , Creature facts
Meet the humpback whale 01:35 Whale , Creature facts , Stats/numbers
Meet the largest dolphin in the sea 01:41 Orca , Dolphin , Creature facts , Apex predator , Te Reo
Meet the loggerhead turtle 01:44 Migration , Creature facts , Turtle , Conservation , Apex predator
Meet the striped marlin 01:11 Marlin , Creature facts , Migration , Fish , Apex predator
Meet the tastiest creature in the ocean 01:58 Spiny rock lobster , Creature facts
Ngā manu o te moana me ngā tohorā! 00:00 Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Seabirds , Te Reo
Orca Dad jokes 00:37 Orca , Apex predator
Riley collects whale skin! 05:36 Whale , Skin , Explorer video , Life processes
Riley confronts a big fear 03:10 Kelp , Explorer video , Spiny rock lobster , Ecosystem , Habitat/home , Kina , Sea bottom
Riley explores a coral reef 04:22 Starfish , Sea bottom , Explorer video , Science , Growth , Ecosystem , Coral reef
Riley explores a marine park 04:47 Conservation , Fish , Human , Social science , Explorer video , Marine park
Riley finds some massive clams! 05:06 Shellfish , Sea bottom , Conservation , Explorer video , Social science , Ecosystem , Coral reef
Riley finds where the baby fish live 04:07 Fish , Explorer video , Habitat/home , Ecosystem
Riley goes whale watching 04:37 Whale , Conservation , Human , Explorer video
Riley rescues a turtle! 04:42 Turtle , Conservation , Explorer video , Māori content
Riley searches for crayfish 03:27 Spiny rock lobster , Conservation , History , Explorer video , Sea bottom
Riley searches for sharks 04:52 Shark , Whale , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Fish , Explorer video , Geography
Riley swims with galapagos sharks 04:20 Shark , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Fish , Explorer video , Conservation
Riley talks to a world record holder! 02:02 Guru video , Breath , Human , Life processes , William Trubridge
Riley's amazing ocean journey 04:29 Fish , Conservation , Camouflage , Adaptation , Explorer video , Grouper
Riley's amazing orca discovery 04:47 Orca , Explorer video , Conservation , Ray , Apex predator
Riley's amazing ray adventure 04:52 Ray , Explorer video , Movement
Riley's big Māui dolphin adventure 00:00 Conservation , Dolphin , Explorer video , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui , Plastic
Riley's cool turtle encounter 04:14 Turtle , Conservation , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Plastic
Riley's dolphin adventure 04:44 Dolphin , Conservation , Explorer video
S.O.S – Save our sharks! 01:20 Shark , Conservation , Social science , Māori content , Human
Seabirds and whales! 00:00 Conservation , Creature facts , Dolphin , Explorer video , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Seabirds
Seaweed Dad jokes 00:37 Sea bottom , Kelp
Shark Dad jokes 00:34 Shark
Sharks - super fast swimmers 01:37 Shark , Life processes , Movement , Adaptation
Stingray Dad jokes 00:38 Ray
Stop plastic! 00:00 Conservation , Explorer video , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Human , Plastic
Te haerenga wawau o te kirihou 00:00 Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Plastic , Te Reo
Threats to Māui dolphins 00:00 Conservation , Dolphin , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui
Top tips on saving our oceans 02:28 Guru video , Conservation , Human , Social science , William Trubridge
Tricks to hold your breath longer 02:34 Guru video , Breath , Human , Fur seal , Life processes , William Trubridge
Turtle Dad jokes 00:40 Turtle
Watch out for the sting of a ray 01:48 Ray
Whakamutua te whakamahi kirihou 00:00 Conservation , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Plastic , Te Reo
Whale Dad jokes 00:46 Whale
What do turtles use their back flippers for? 01:04 Māori content , Life processes , Turtle , Movement
What eats turtles? 00:51 Turtle , Life cycle , Te Reo
What food would a turtle serve you at dinner? 01:17 Turtle , Conservation , Plastic
What has 10 legs and super feelers? 01:22 Spiny rock lobster , Senses , Life processes , Sea bottom
What is a food chain? 01:17 Food chain/web , Kelp , Kina , Spiny rock lobster , Shark , Te Reo
What is a habitat? 01:40 Habitat/home , Geography , Stats/numbers , Ecosystem
What is a kelp forest? 01:24 Kelp , Fish , Habitat/home , Spiny rock lobster , Sponge , Food chain/web , Ecosystem , Sea bottom
What is an apex predator? 02:02 Turtle , Shark , Apex predator , Food chain/web , Marlin , Orca , Māori content
What is it like to save an orca? 01:48 Dolphin , Orca , Human
What is orca chocolate? 02:05 Dolphin , Teeth , Adaptation , Māori content , Apex predator
What is this creature? 01:44 Conservation , Science , Creature facts , Sunfish , Fish
What made this crazy thing? 01:22 Life cycle , Te Reo , Camouflage , Shark
What sea animal eats like a cow? 01:23 Kina , Starfish , Sea bottom
What's so special about turtle shells? 01:19 Turtle , Technology , Adaptation
Where did all the kelp go? 02:06 Kina , Kelp , Habitat/home , Food chain/web , Spiny rock lobster , Ecosystem , Māori content , Human , Sea bottom
Where do common dolphins call home? 00:51 Dolphin , Habitat/home
Where do creatures poo in the ocean? 02:05 Fish , Life processes , Whale , Poo , Stats/numbers , Food chain/web
Where do Māui dolphins live? 00:00 Dolphin , Habitat/home , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui
Where do turtles live? 01:04 Turtle , Habitat/home , Migration , Life cycle , Coral reef
Where do whales and dolphins hang out? 01:31 Food chain/web , Habitat/home , Shark , Sunfish , Whale , Dolphin , Marlin , Upwelling
Which amazing dolphin sense is your favorite? 01:02 Dolphin , Senses , Life processes , Adaptation
Which dolphin has the biggest teeth? 00:54 Dolphin , Orca , Teeth
Which fish's poo makes sand? 03:59 Fish , Ecosystem , Life cycle , Explorer video , Poo , Coral reef
Which ray is the best swimmer? 00:41 Ray , Movement , Life processes , Adaptation
Which sea animal wears armour to survive? 01:17 Senses , Adaptation , Spiny rock lobster
Who are the acrobats of the sea? 01:39 Stats/numbers , Movement , Whale , Adaptation
Whose skull am I holding? 01:37 Dolphin , Creature facts , Stats/numbers , Te Reo
Why do orca end up stuck on the beach? 02:54 Whale , Dolphin , Science , Human , Stranding
Why do this fish's stripes glow? 00:21 Marlin , Fish , Adaptation , Apex predator , Te Reo
Why is plastic so bad for sea creatures? 02:05 Conservation , Human , Food chain/web , Social science , Stats/numbers , Plastic