1.05 – DESIGNING YOUR OWN EXPERIMENT Lesson Organizer
Use this document to help you design your experiment about one of the scenarios from the activity. Copy and paste the template then insert your information for each of the steps of the scientific method.
Scenario Topic: _The Effect of Captivity on Marine Mammals’ Health.
Does captivity affect the overall health of marine mammals? Research
1. The habitat, activities, diet, and behavior of marine mammals in the wild. 2. The habitat, activities, diet, and behavior of marine mammals in captivity.
If a marine mammal is raised in captivity, then it may be healthier than a wild marine mammal but it may have behavioral problems.
Set up sampling area, in both wild and captive areas.
Tag and assess health of marine mammals in both areas; try to assess young mammals. 3.
Monitor and assess activities, behavior, and diet.
Keep detailed records of activity.
Continue to monitor subjects for at least 1 year.
Assess the health of animals.
Compare the behavior wild animals versus the ones in captivity •
Compare the activities wild animals versus the ones in captivity •
Compare the weight wild animals versus the ones in captivity •
Compare the overall health of wild animals versus the ones in captivity. Conclusion
My results supported my hypothesis. The mammals in captivity were healthier because they had cleaner food and had veterinarians to take care of them. When the mammals were placed around other animals they acted nervous and aggressive due to the lack of being around other animals.
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