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Deep Ocean Discovery - Octopods and Squids

In this video, zoologist Dr. Mike Vecchione describes octopods and squids that have been discovered in the deep ocean, and the tools used to make deep-sea discoveries.


Meet Dr. Mike Vecchione, a NOAA zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Learn about octopods and squids, members of the remarkable group called "cephalopods." Marvel at how they have no backbones, yet boast camera-like eyes and super camouflage capabilities. Find out how Mike uses technologies, including telepresence and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to study cephalopods in the deepest ocean. See how he is learning about species rarely or never seen before. Consider how little we know about the biodiversity and habits of deep ocean life. This show aired June 8, 2017.

Invertebrate Zoology


National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science


Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Earth Science


Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

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