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Students read about oil spills and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. They geo-locate the Deepwater Horizon spill and use a diagram to investigate the diversity of flora and fauna in the Gulf of Mexico. Then students discuss how oil adversely affects wildlife, watch a video and read an article about wildlife relocation, and discuss the ethics and possible environmental repercussions of animal relocation.
Students research five species of sea turtles and compare and contrast their size, diet, habitat, range/distribution, and reproduction. Students use a map of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to discuss how sea turtles are affected by oil. Then they watch a video about nest relocation and discuss the pros and cons of relocating wildlife during human-induced environmental disasters.