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Public Assignments

Marine pests
We all know about pests on the land, but did you know that we have marine pests in the ocean too? Learn about some of the different marine pests found within New Zealand's waters, how they got here and what you can do to help stop them spreading. Thank you to Auckland Council, Northland Regional Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council for funding this content. Also to the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Recreation Centre who helped us with this project.
Content Count: 11Passcode: ds7nkdk Start Assignment
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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Video list

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

TitleDurationTags
A swimming crab, WHAT? 01m 09s Adaptation , Crab , Creature facts , Sea bottom
Aihe (dolphin) 01m 28s Dolphin , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Andy Casagrande answers our questions 16m 21s Apex predator , Conservation , Guru interview , Guru video , Human , Shark , Technology , Tips
Are sharks bones made from noses? 00m 33s Adaptation , Life processes , Movement , Shark
Are shipwrecks good or bad? 02m 02s Human , Conservation , History , Shipwreck , Seabirds
Bethany Hamilton answers our questions 13m 55s Guru interview , Guru video
Breathing is tricky for a turtle 01m 29s Turtle , Life processes , Breath
Can a girl fish become a boy fish? 04m 34s Fish , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Life cycle
Can rays see electricity? 00m 49s Life processes , Ray , Senses
Can you hold your breath longer than a fur seal? 00m 47s Te Reo , Breath , Fur seal , Stats/numbers , Life processes
Canoeing - Community story 03m 22s Human , Rangatahi
Catch fish not birds 03m 53s Conservation , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Seabirds , Stats/numbers , Tips
Clarke Gayford answers our questions 18m 14s Guru interview , Guru video , Human
Crab Dad jokes 00m 35s Crab
Crayfish Dad jokes 00m 23s Spiny rock lobster , Sea bottom
Crazy plastic journey 02m 51s Conservation , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Human , Plastic , Turtle
Do dolphins drink water? 00m 47s Adaptation , Dolphin
Do fish eat meatballs? 01m 09s Marlin , Fish , Apex predator
Do you have the mana of an orca? 00m 12s Dolphin , Language skills , Māori content , Orca , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Dolphin Dad jokes 00m 33s Dolphin
Dolphin skin - it's amazing! 00m 50s Skin , Dolphin , Life processes , Adaptation
Dolphins special sleep trick 00m 40s Adaptation , Dolphin , Life processes , Sleep
Dr Ingrid Visser answers our questions about Orca 16m 59s Apex predator , Conservation , Creature facts , Dolphin , Guru interview , Guru video , Orca , Science , Teeth
Dr Siouxsie Wiles answers our questions 12m 17s Guru interview , Human
Fantastic Wheke facts! 01m 25s Creature facts , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo
Fish Dad jokes #1 00m 42s Fish
Fish Dad jokes #2 00m 44s Fish
Fur seal 00m 08s Creature facts , Fur seal , History , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Fur seal Dad jokes 00m 48s Fur seal
Fur Seals - A Story of Survival 01m 35s Conservation , Creature facts , Fur seal , History , Skin
Goat Island 01m 57s Conservation , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Rangatahi , Science
Growing up is tough in a spiky shell 00m 57s Growth , Life processes , Sea bottom , Spiny rock lobster
Hopukina he ika, kaua ko te manu. 04m 42s Conservation , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Seabirds , Stats/numbers , Te Reo , Tips
How 2 Hongi 00m 23s Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
How Dad saved a dolphin! 02m 00s Dolphin , Conservation , Human
How did fur seals get their name? 00m 51s Fur seal , Life processes , Skin , Adaptation , Poo
How do rays breathe underwater? 00m 59s Breath , Ray , Life processes
How do we stop spreading marine pests 00m 32s Biosecurity , Conservation , Ecosystem , Habitat/home , Migration
How do you clean a dirty ocean? 04m 50s Shellfish , Ray , Conservation , History , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Sea bottom
How do you film movies underwater? 01m 51s Human , Technology
How does a dolphin move? 01m 09s Movement , Life processes , Adaptation , Dolphin
How is a ray like a vacuum cleaner? 01m 31s Food chain/web , Life processes , Ray
How many eggs does this huge fish lay? 00m 39s Fish , Life cycle , Science , Sunfish , Te Reo
How to hide in plain sight 01m 32s Countershading , Camouflage , Whale , Dolphin , Shark , Fish , Adaptation , Ray
How to swim with a snorkel 02m 38s Human , Snorkelling
Human Dad jokes 00m 46s Human
Is a sharks skin made from teeth? 00m 53s Shark , Skin , Life processes , Fish , Technology , History , Adaptation
Is anything scared of a dolphin? 01m 09s Life processes , Orca , Food chain/web , Dolphin
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? 01m 01s Geography , Ray , Creature facts , Te Reo
Is that an underwater robot? 01m 14s Technology , Human , Boxfish
Is the fur seal just a dog that swims really well? 00m 38s Adaptation , Stats/numbers , Fur seal
Is this a sea hedgehog? 01m 47s Kina , Creature facts , Camouflage , Sea bottom
Kaitiaki 01m 09s Conservation , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Kaitiakitanga - Community story 03m 14s Conservation , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi
Kane Williamson answers our questions 46m 25s Guru interview , Guru video , Human
Kauri & Tohorā 06m 23s Explorer video , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Tikanga , Whale
Kelp, help! 02m 04s Kelp , Habitat/home , Food chain/web , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Stats/numbers , Sea bottom
Kina - Rangatahi 00m 29s Kina , Māori content , Rangatahi
Kūtai - Mussels 00m 22s Creature facts , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Kūtai and Weaving 05m 27s Explorer video , Māori content , Plastic , Rangatahi , Shellfish , Tikanga
Learn to Draw - Blue Whale 12m 58s Creature facts , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Movement , Science , Whale
Learn to Draw - Bronze Whaler 11m 15s Apex predator , Countershading , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Habitat/home , Learn to draw , Movement , Science , Shark , Skin
Learn to Draw - Bryde's Whale 14m 01s Conservation , Creature facts , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Marine park , Movement , Science , Whale
Learn to Draw - Common Dolphin 12m 17s Breath , Countershading , Creature facts , Dolphin , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Movement
Learn to draw - Crayfish 12m 57s Conservation , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Kelp , Kina , Learn to draw , Marine park , Spiny rock lobster
Learn to Draw - Eagle Ray 07m 10s Creature facts , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Marine park , Movement , Ray
Learn to Draw - Great White 11m 05s Apex predator , Countershading , Creature facts , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Movement , Science , Shark
Learn to Draw - Manta Ray 11m 55s Creature facts , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Marine park , Migration , Ray
Learn to Draw - Māori Octopus 14m 44s Adaptation , Camouflage , Creature facts , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Habitat/home , Learn to draw , Movement , Science , Senses
Learn to Draw - Māui Dolphin 11m 15s Conservation , Countershading , Creature facts , Dolphin , Habitat/home , Harbers Family Foundation , Learn to draw , Māui , Science
Learn to Draw - Orca 11m 29s Apex predator , Dolphin , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Orca , Whale
Learn to Draw - Snapper 13m 00s Apex predator , Conservation , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Fish , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Kelp , Kina , Learn to draw , Marine park , Science , Sea bottom
Learn to Draw - Triplefin 13m 50s Camouflage , Creature facts , Fish , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Learn to draw , Movement , Science , Triplefin
Looking for a tiny dolphin 00m 26s Creature facts , Dolphin , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui , Stats/numbers
Love Our Sea song for ECEs 03m 24s Conservation , Shark , Turtle , Whale
Māngo & Mau rākau 06m 00s Explorer video , History , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi , Shark , Te Reo , Tikanga
Mango! Mango! 00m 07s Māori content , Rangatahi , Shark , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Mangōpare - Hammerhead shark 00m 50s Apex predator , Creature facts , Māori content , Rangatahi , Shark , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Māori games - Community story 02m 03s History , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi
Meet a special kind of shark 01m 50s Shark , Creature facts
Meet a UFO! 01m 24s Stats/numbers , Ray , Creature facts
Meet the bravest fish in the ocean! 04m 20s Fish , Life processes , Explorer video , Triplefin
Meet the hawksbill turtle 01m 46s Conservation , Creature facts , Turtle
Meet the humpback whale 01m 35s Whale , Creature facts , Stats/numbers
Meet the largest dolphin in the sea 01m 41s Orca , Dolphin , Creature facts , Apex predator , Te Reo
Meet the loggerhead turtle 01m 44s Migration , Creature facts , Turtle , Conservation , Apex predator
Meet the striped marlin 01m 11s Marlin , Creature facts , Migration , Fish , Apex predator
Meet the tastiest creature in the ocean 01m 58s Spiny rock lobster , Creature facts
Name this marine pest 01m 49s Biosecurity , Boat , Conservation , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Geography , Habitat/home
National Geographic legends 07m 16s Conservation , Ecosystem , Guru interview , Guru video
Navigation by stars 01m 47s History , Human , Māori content , Migration , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Ngā manu o te moana me ngā tohorā! 06m 08s Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Seabirds , Te Reo
Orca Dad jokes 00m 37s Orca , Apex predator
Pāua 00m 32s Creature facts , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Pāua, Kina & Rāhui 05m 49s Conservation , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Food chain/web , Habitat/home , Human , Kina , Māori content , Marine park , Rangatahi , Science , Snorkelling , Social science , Te Reo , Tikanga
Pepeha 01m 31s History , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke answer our questions 15m 22s Boat , Conservation , Guru interview , Guru video , Human
Rāhui - protection 00m 25s Conservation , Ecosystem , Human , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Riley confronts a big fear 03m 10s Kelp , Explorer video , Spiny rock lobster , Ecosystem , Habitat/home , Kina , Sea bottom
Riley explores a coral reef 04m 22s Starfish , Sea bottom , Explorer video , Science , Growth , Ecosystem , Coral reef
Riley explores a marine park 04m 47s Conservation , Explorer video , Fish , Human , Marine park , Social science
Riley finds humpback whales! 05m 36s Explorer video , Life processes , Skin , Whale
Riley finds some massive clams! 05m 06s Shellfish , Sea bottom , Conservation , Explorer video , Social science , Ecosystem , Coral reef
Riley finds where the baby fish live 04m 07s Fish , Explorer video , Habitat/home , Ecosystem
Riley goes whale watching 04m 37s Whale , Conservation , Human , Explorer video
Riley rescues a turtle! 04m 42s Turtle , Conservation , Explorer video , Māori content
Riley searches for crayfish 03m 27s Spiny rock lobster , Conservation , History , Explorer video , Sea bottom
Riley searches for sharks 04m 52s Shark , Whale , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Fish , Explorer video , Geography
Riley swims with galapagos sharks 04m 20s Shark , Ecosystem , Food chain/web , Fish , Explorer video , Conservation
Riley talks to a world record holder! 02m 02s Guru video , Breath , Human , Life processes , William Trubridge
Riley's amazing ocean journey 04m 29s Fish , Conservation , Camouflage , Adaptation , Explorer video , Grouper
Riley's amazing orca discovery 04m 47s Orca , Explorer video , Conservation , Ray , Apex predator
Riley's amazing ray adventure 04m 52s Ray , Explorer video , Movement
Riley's big Māui dolphin adventure 05m 10s Conservation , Dolphin , Explorer video , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui , Plastic
Riley's cool turtle encounter 04m 14s Turtle , Conservation , Ecosystem , Explorer video , Plastic
Riley's dolphin adventure 04m 44s Dolphin , Conservation , Explorer video
Rimurapa 00m 21s History , Human , Kelp , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Rochelle Constantine answers our questions 07m 44s Conservation , Creature facts , Guru interview , Guru video , Marine park , Whale
S.O.S – Save our sharks! 01m 20s Apex predator , Conservation , Ecosystem , Human , Māori content , Shark , Social science
Sand dune surfing - Community story 02m 03s Human , Māori content , Rangatahi
Sea Cleaners! Making a difference 03m 40s Conservation , Human , Plastic , Rangatahi
Seabirds and whales! 05m 32s Conservation , Creature facts , Dolphin , Explorer video , Food chain/web , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Seabirds
Seaweed Dad jokes 00m 37s Sea bottom , Kelp
Shark Dad jokes 00m 34s Shark
Shark guru Rodney Fox answers our questions 28m 10s Apex predator , Conservation , Creature facts , Ecosystem , Guru interview , Guru video , Human , Shark
Shark guru, Rodney Fox answers kids questions 09m 52s Conservation , Creature facts , Guru interview , Human , Shark
Sharks - super fast swimmers 01m 37s Shark , Life processes , Movement , Adaptation
Stingray Dad jokes 00m 38s Ray
Stop plastic! 01m 06s Conservation , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Human , Plastic
Tāne 01m 05s Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Tangaroa 01m 33s Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Te haerenga wawau o te kirihou 02m 52s Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Plastic , Te Reo
The incredible Hauraki Gulf 06m 49s Explorer video , Fur seal , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Orca , Seabirds , Whale
Threats to Māui dolphins 00m 27s Conservation , Dolphin , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui
Tikanga 01m 40s Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts , Tikanga
Top tips on saving our oceans 02m 28s Guru video , Conservation , Human , Social science , William Trubridge
Tricks to hold your breath longer 02m 34s Breath , Fur seal , Guru video , Human , Life processes , William Trubridge
Turtle Dad jokes 00m 40s Turtle
Turtle rehabilitation 08m 18s Guru interview , Guru video , Turtle
Watch out for the sting of a ray 01m 48s Ray
Whai 00m 14s History , Human , Language skills , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Whai & Navigation 05m 32s Explorer video , History , Human , Māori content , Migration , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Tikanga
Whakamutua te whakamahi kirihou 01m 12s Conservation , Gift of the Gulf - Foundation North , Māori content , Plastic , Te Reo
Whakataukī - Māori Proverbs 00m 52s Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Whale Dad jokes 00m 46s Whale
Whale expert Nan Hauser answers our questions 16m 14s Guru interview , Guru video , Whale
What concerns you most about marine pests 00m 41s Biosecurity , Conservation , Ecosystem , Habitat/home
What could you do to help stop the spread of pests 01m 09s Biosecurity , Boat , Conservation , Ecosystem , Habitat/home , Human
What do turtles use their back flippers for? 01m 04s Life processes , Māori content , Movement , Turtle
What eats turtles? 00m 51s Turtle , Life cycle , Te Reo
What food would a turtle serve you at dinner? 01m 17s Turtle , Conservation , Plastic
What has 10 legs and super feelers? 01m 22s Spiny rock lobster , Senses , Life processes , Sea bottom
What is a food chain? 01m 17s Food chain/web , Kelp , Kina , Spiny rock lobster , Shark , Te Reo
What is a habitat? 01m 40s Habitat/home , Geography , Stats/numbers , Ecosystem
What is a kelp forest? 01m 24s Kelp , Fish , Habitat/home , Spiny rock lobster , Sponge , Food chain/web , Ecosystem , Sea bottom
What is a marine pest? 00m 59s Biosecurity , Boat , Conservation , Ecosystem , Habitat/home
What is an apex predator? 02m 02s Apex predator , Food chain/web , Māori content , Marlin , Orca , Shark , Turtle
What is in a name? 01m 01s Dolphin , Language skills , Māori content , Orca , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
What is it like to save an orca? 01m 48s Dolphin , Human , Orca
What is orca chocolate? 02m 05s Adaptation , Apex predator , Dolphin , Teeth
What is this creature? 01m 44s Conservation , Science , Creature facts , Sunfish , Fish
What made this crazy thing? 01m 22s Camouflage , Life cycle , Shark , Te Reo
What sea animal eats like a cow? 01m 23s Kina , Starfish , Sea bottom
What's so special about turtle shells? 01m 19s Turtle , Technology , Adaptation
Wheke 06m 19s Explorer video , Māori content , Rangatahi , Te Reo , Tikanga
Wheke - Octopus 01m 22s Camouflage , Creature facts , Māori content , Movement , Te Reo , Te Reo concepts
Where did all the kelp go? 02m 06s Kina , Kelp , Habitat/home , Food chain/web , Spiny rock lobster , Ecosystem , Māori content , Human , Sea bottom
Where do common dolphins call home? 00m 51s Dolphin , Habitat/home
Where do creatures poo in the ocean? 02m 05s Fish , Food chain/web , Life processes , Poo , Stats/numbers , Whale
Where do Māui dolphins live? 00m 07s Dolphin , Habitat/home , Harbers Family Foundation , Māui
Where do turtles live? 01m 04s Turtle , Habitat/home , Migration , Life cycle , Coral reef
Where do whales and dolphins hang out? 01m 31s Food chain/web , Habitat/home , Shark , Sunfish , Whale , Dolphin , Marlin , Upwelling
Which amazing dolphin sense is your favorite? 01m 02s Dolphin , Senses , Life processes , Adaptation
Which dolphin has the biggest teeth? 00m 54s Dolphin , Orca , Teeth
Which fish's poo makes sand? 03m 59s Fish , Ecosystem , Life cycle , Explorer video , Poo , Coral reef
Which ray is the best swimmer? 00m 41s Ray , Movement , Life processes , Adaptation
Which sea animal wears armour to survive? 01m 17s Senses , Adaptation , Spiny rock lobster
Who are the acrobats of the sea? 01m 39s Stats/numbers , Movement , Whale , Adaptation
Whose skull am I holding? 01m 37s Dolphin , Creature facts , Stats/numbers , Te Reo
Why do orca end up stuck on the beach? 02m 54s Whale , Dolphin , Science , Human , Stranding
Why do this fish's stripes glow? 00m 21s Marlin , Fish , Adaptation , Apex predator , Te Reo
Why is plastic so bad for sea creatures? 02m 05s Conservation , Human , Food chain/web , Social science , Stats/numbers , Plastic
William Trubridge answers our questions 22m 45s Breath , Ecosystem , Guru interview , Guru video , Human , Movement , William Trubridge