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Finding Nemo (2003)

Concept featured in clip: Bioluminescence

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 11: 0:32:39 - 0:35:48

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Summary of clip: Marlin and Dory are chasing a pair of goggles into an ocean trench. It gets very dark very quickly. Then the two fish see a light coming towards them. They discover that it is an anglerfish. The anglerfish chases them around the bottom of the trench while Dory tries to read what is written on the goggles.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Students can watch this clip during a life science or biology unit about bioluminescence. The scene depicits how the anglerfish lives at the bottom of a deep ocean trench with a light on its head.

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Why does the anglerfish live so deep in the ocean?

b. What makes the bulb on the anglerfish's head light up?

c. What sort of energy conversions take place to light the bulb?

d. How does an anglerfish use bioluminescence to its advantage?

2. As an additional activity, you could discuss other plants, animals, and microorganisms that are bioluminescent. Other energy conversations could also be discussed.