Monday, June 16, 2014

Seattle Aquarium Google Hangout

This morning, the 4th graders participated in a Google Hangout with Darcie from the Seattle Aquarium. 

She talked with us while standing in front of the Window on Washington Waters Exhibit!

As always, the students asked VERY thoughtful questions which Darcie answered well. There is particular interest among our students in Sea Star Wasting Syndrome which we observed taking a toll on Ochre Stars at Larrabee State Park last week. Jaymeson had a question about that.

Thank you so much for your time, Darcie!


  1. Thank you Darcie for taking your time to talk to us and sharing information for us. I wish we could talk more so I could learn a lot more about a lot of different fish. I've been saving this question; with the disease with starfish/sea star will it make them endangered or even extinct? Hopefully it doesn't, but if they do go endangered hopefully the disease stops and the population can go back up.
    From, Eli

  2. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for your time with our class, I think it was amazing that we saw a bunch of fish in that big tank. I been to the Seattle Aquarium before and saw that tank, I just didn’t know what kind of fish the ones at the bottom were, and now I do. I also want to thank you for showing us the tank and answering our questions. I was wondering if you want to find out exactly what is going on with the Sea Stars? I was also wondering if you know how many rows of teeth do Whale Sharks have? I hope to see you during summer if your there!
    Sincerely, Izabelle

  3. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for your time. We learned a lot about tide pools and a little bit about the deep. We had a lot of fun working with you and I would love go to the Seattle Aquarium.
    Sincerely, Annabella

  4. Dear Darcie,

    Thank you for taking time away from your job to Skype with us. I really enjoyed it! Something I have relearned from this Skype is that sharks still count as fish. I think I knew that somewhere in the back of my mind, but now I really know it. I also had no idea that Sea Stars had a disease. I really hope that we (human beings) can figure it out before the epidemic grows.

    Thank you, Miranda

  5. Thank you Darcie for taking your time out of work so you can have the hangout with us so we can learn more about sealife.

    From: David

  6. Dear Darcie, thank you for teaching us more about sea life, I didn’t come up there to ask you a question because I thought that I already know a lot about sea life but Then when my class mates started asking you questions I realized that I actually needed to learn more about sea life. Once you started answering all of those questions I knew that there was way more that I had to learn about underwater. So that’s why I wanted to thank you for spending you’re time with us to teach us more about under water, so thank you and I hope that I get to see you again someday. Best Wishes, Hannah

  7. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for giving us your time and answering our questions.
    I was wondering just about how many star fish have been affected by star fish wasting?

    Sincerely, Silas

  8. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for showing your big fish tank. I really enjoy learning about fish. Also thank you for talking about the sea stars too. What I learned was that right now the sea star are getting sick. I also learned that sea stars can eat other sea stars. I hope we can talk next year and I really want to learned more about Why sea star are getting really sick. If you do know why sea star are getting sick can you please text, call and email Mr. Pahl. Also when I went to the beach I see a clear jell fish but I don’t really know if it is a jelly fish it look like a brain but is keep opening its mouth. Thank you for talking with us I hope we can talk soon.
    From Angelina Le

  9. Dear Darcie Seattle Aquarium,
    I want to thank you for your time with us and I really appreciate you teaching us about thing that we never knew about. One thing that I learned from you is that Sea Star Wasting disease is a thing, I have never ever heard of such a thing. One of the question I had for you is” Can Sea Stars also lose their Suction Cups to stick on rocks, because I think they can lose those to if they lose their legs they definitely lose their Suction Cups.” One again Thank you for your time.
    From, Evyn

  10. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you so much for taking your time for us. We really thank you for that. Also Darcie now I know not to poke a Sea Anemone. Because at our field trip, my friend’s mom (Annabella) poked one and Sam (other friend) got squirt at, even Annabella’s mom.

  11. Dear Darcie,
    I didn't get to asked you but. At our field trip a lot of our classmates found some dead baby fish they were only about a 2-3 inches long. So I was wondering does that have something to do with the Sea Stars Wasting Disease.

  12. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you Darcie for putting your time into ours. It was very kind of you and answering our question and no I know that extreme poison can be found on coral. The aquarium is very pretty and you told us about why starfish are getting sick thank you. And here’s another question for you do marine animals act out of control on full moons? If yes why? And again thank you for your time and maybe this summer I could come visit the aquarium. So the class looked up Cabazon and that was the biggest headed fish I've seen. So if there head is so big do they have a big brain? Well bye.
    Sincerely, Charlie .M

  13. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for letting us hangout with you for a while. I learned that rockfish can live over 100 years old .But why do we call them rockfish? When I heard the name rockfish I thought they blend in with rocks. Do they blend in with rocks or do they live longer because their somewhat like a rock???
    From Alex,

  14. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for your time my class really enjoyed the time we spent and so did I. Something I learned was that starfish have no vertebrate. I still am wondering can the starfish disease over time spread to the human race in any shape or form.
    Sincerely, Jaymeson

  15. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending your own time to come and see us and teach us about the ocean. I have learned that there are many kinds of Sculpin like the Cabezon sculpin you talked about Mr. Pahl sowed us a picture of them after you left. I have a small question at the tide pool we found some krill that where about a half an inch but they could shoot through the water and could jump so far and fast out of water, I would just like to ask how do they do that.
    From, Benjamin/fourth grader


  16. Dear Darcie,

    Thank you for giving us your time and effort to have a Google hangout. Thank you for also giving your time for questions I think the Cabazon is the most unattractive fish I have ever seen here are a few questions for you ; dose the spring tide effect the animails , do you scuba dive, What is the weirdest fish you have seen.
    From Liam  

  17. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for taking time out of your day to have a Google Hangout with us. I had fun learning more about the tide pools. I learned that another kind of sculpin is was cabazon sculpin. And thank you for telling me exactly why the sea anemone squirted water in my face: I was poking it, and it let go of the water it was holding in itself. And by the way, it was in a tide pool, so I think it was OK. Another thing that happened on my field trip was that there were a lot of hermit crabs. I didn’t see one single empty shell! Anyway, we put some into a small tub, and soon they started to crawl around! Once, I picked one up, and it started to crawl around in my hand. It felt so weird! And it tickles!
    Again, thank you so much for a wonderful Google Hangout, and I hope I can come visit the Seattle Aquarium over the summer!
    From Sam

  18. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you Darcie For taking out time and spending time with us. One question I have is what is the smallest fish you’ve seen with your eyes no pictures? Also what is the biggest whale you’ve seen no sharks. Thank you for showing us the biggest type of sculpin you’ve seen witch is Cabazon.

  19. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for letting us have this opportunity to voice chat with you and letting us ask questions thanks. One thing that I learned was that if you touch a sea anemone it will squirt water out because it gets scared that people will kill it.
    From: Yolibeth

  20. Thank you Darcie for telling us that there is a greenish and a little bit of pink in a sea anemone. I had another question do squids eat star fish because I’ve seen squids eat star fish. I was so glad to Skype with you before I came back from Kauai and I learned there was a special fish called humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

  21. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for your time with both of are class room. It was so cool and so nice of you and that we sow the fish tank. What I learned was that star fish have no bones that is what I learned.

    And p.s do you have a starfish in your tank

    From ,vanessa

  22. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for doing a Google hangout with us. I didn’t know that the species Rock Fish could live to 100 years old. Is there any fish that can live longer?

    From Tim.

  23. Dear Darcie,
    I want to say that I thought that the longest fish in the world was the ore fish. I also wanted to thank you for all your time that you have spent with us. What are some fish disease that can harm are water. So would the starfish disease harm are water. I learned that star fish have no bones. In the aquarium I saw a starfish blending in to the rocks.
    By, Alondra

  24. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending time with us. I didn't know rock fish where even a fish before you told us that they were a fish, thank you for that.


  25. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for your time to Skype with us I think we all had a good time. I thought it was cool that you talked to us in front of a massive tank of fish and sea anemone. I have no question.
    Sincerely, Ellis

  26. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending your time with us. It was such an honor seeing salmon and sea anemone. Thank you for showing us a large sculpin called a Cabezon. My favorite part was when we saw the big anemone. During the field trip, I almost got snapped by a crab. Thank you for showing us fish.

  27. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending time talking with us. I was surprised that there was a fish called a Rock fish. How can a sea anemone die?
    From: Anny

  28. Dear Darcie,
    Thank for your time with us. I didn’t know that the sea stars are getting sick.
    Sincerely, Maximus

  29. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for using your time to video chat us on Google Hangouts. I learned about rock fish and I liked seeing all the different fish in the tank. A question I have is how many species of fish have you seen?

  30. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you so much for taking your work time to Google hangout and tell us all those interesting facts. Something I learned about was the Cabezon Sculpin. I have a question, what are the names of the different types of anemones in the world?

  31. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for taking your time to video chat with us. I liked seeing the big tank I saw lots of different species of animals. A question I have is what is the most unique kind of fish that you have in your tank?
    -Sarah H.

  32. Dear Ms. Darcie
    Thank you for spending time with our class. Even though I wasn’t there it sounded like it was fun
    From, Micah

  33. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for sharing your intelligent thinking.
    I learned that the number of starfish is decreasing.
    Have you seen a mako shark? - Mike

  34. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for using your time to help us learn about the ocean. I was surprised that a sea anemone can clone itself. I was wondering if you have any other sharks in tanks.
    Sincerely, Mattias

  35. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for doing Google Hangout with both of our class. I learned that starfish’s don’t have any bones and that rock fish can live up to 100 years.
    Sincerely, Gavin

  36. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you so much for your time and thank you for answering are questions. One thing I learned is that sea enemies can be poisonous when I heard that I was lick what! One more thing I have a question for you do squid lay eggs or do they give birth like us?

  37. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for giving us time to Google Hangout with you. It was fun. I learned that star fish can grow back their legs.
    From, Isabelle

  38. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending your time with our class. I learned that Star fish have a disease called starfish wasting disease. What causes the starfish wasting disease?

  39. Dear Darcie,
    Thanks you for your time. I do not know why all of the star fish are dying. its gross they just and get crushed to and you could see there intestines.

    from: :-)Jackson:-)

  40. Dear Darcie,
    Thank you for spending time with us I appreciate it a lot. One thing that I learned was one of the deepest sea creatures is the Cabezon.
    From, Asher

  41. Toward Darcie,
    Thank you so considerably for the deed of doing us a thoughtful conversation on our wonder Blog having the time to talk and enjoy time to hear about local/nearby fish or water-life
    Sincerely/truly, Lute A. Davis

  42. Hello Mr. Pahl's class,
    I really enjoyed doing the Google Hangout with you this morning. You have asked a lot of great questions! Here is a link to an article in Science Magazine about research into what is causing the sea star wasting disease, it features the Seattle Aquarium's veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner.
    The good news is that there are many healthy animals to see on the beach, like the aggregating sea anemones I was telling you about, plus shore crabs, nudibranchs, barnacles, mussels, clams... I could go on and on! If you visit the beach this summer please help protect the animals and their home by touching gently with one wet finger, leaving rocks and shells on the beach, exploring fish with your eyes instead of your hands, pick up and remove any trash you find, and "each one teach one" - pass it along! Thanks and have a great summer everyone!


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