Marine Biology Camp for Teens
Marine Biology is defined as the scientific study of organisms in the ocean or other marine or brackish bodies of water. At Animal Camp Jamaica we believe that when the oceans are healthy the whole world will benefit. To have healthy oceans, we must learn to take care of them. The first step of taking care of anything is to gain a better understanding of that “thing”. We give teenagers a better understanding of the ocean by taking them into the ocean, teaching them to recognize its inhabitants and sharing with them our appreciation and amazement of the diversity of life in the ocean. Weather permitting; we spend every morning in the ocean, snorkeling, kayaking, wave jumping and learning to identify the marine plants and animals that live within the shallow Caribbean reefs near shore. By the end of each 13-day session, our students feel at home swimming among coral reefs with the sea turtles, octopi, and fish. They have learned to recognize a wide variety of plants and animals and are able to identify over 100 different species of marine animals!
Our oceans are home to the greatest diversity of plants, animals, and microbial organisms on Earth. Covering 72 percent of the Earth’s surface, the ocean represents our planet’s largest habitat with the tallest mountains in the world and the deepest valleys. It contains 99 percent of the living space on the planet. This vast area supports the life of nearly 50 percent of all species on earth and provides nearly 50 percent of the earth’s oxygen. Coral reefs cover less than two percent of the ocean floor, yet they support an estimated 25 percent of all marine life, with more than 4,000 species of fish alone. A coral reef sometimes referred to as the “rainforest of the sea”, is without question one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. It is among some of these amazing shallow water coral reefs that teenagers will have the opportunity to learn about marine biology and conservation through hands-on, feet-wet, experiential educational.