Hackett STAR Academy visits aquarium

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<p>SUBMITTED PHOTO</p><p>Back row left to right: Seth Forbus, Jacob Euston, Kendall Basinger, Jasmyne Neal, Nikki Russell, Jonathan Widmer. Front row, left to right: Daniel Hunter, Jacob Liberto, Dalton Short, Raven Powell, Taylor Wheeler.</p>

On Thursday, January 16, 2014 the STAR Academy visited the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Okla. Upon arrival, they participated in an actual class about sharks. They learned that the whale shark is not half whale, half shark. The students then got to explore the aquarium. They were able to go into a tunnel, pop their heads in an opening, and look around from the simulated viewpoint of being inside the aquarium. The students got to feed the stingrays and visit the shark habitat. They were also able to take shark teeth home with them. The shark teeth were from the sharks in the aquarium. Did you know that sharks lose up to 30,000 teeth?

The Hackett STAR students had been studying ecosystems, bio-domes, and habitats. This field study reinforced the information they learned.

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