Jurassic Park

Finding Nemo (2003)

Concept featured in clip: Jellyfish Sting: Defense

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 14: 0:44:35 - 0:47:48

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Summary of clip: Marlin and Dory are trying to find the East Australian Current. They are told by some fish to swim though the trench, but Marlin decides they should swim over the trench. Once they start swimming over the trench, they discover a school of jellyfish. The jellyfish sting does not bother Marlin. However, Marlin knows that Dory could get hurt from the stings. Marlin makes a game of bouncing on the tops of the jellyfish to keep Dory out of their tentacles.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Students can watch this clip during a life science or biology unit about defensive mechanisms. The scene depicts how jellyfish use their tentacles to sting other fish in order to protect themselves.

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Why does the jellyfish sting hurt Dory and not Marlin?

b. How do jellyfish use their tentacles to sting?

c. How does Dory avoid the jellyfish sting?

2. As an additional activity, you could discuss defense mechanisms used by other animals and plants. Have the sudents creat a defense mechanism to protect themselves from certain animals (i.e. sharks, snakes, lions, etc.). They could draw it, physically create it or write a paper about it.