Creatures of the Deep

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Creatures of the Deep

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Last year we did a lesson in the middle school classes about deep sea exploration and animals of the deep. It was really interesting to learn that James Cameron, the director of Titanic and Avatar, explored the Mariana Trench in a cigar-shaped submarine. It was also fascinating to learn how deep sea creatures could survive in the deep sea, under such high pressure in water with little oxygen. We found out that flapjack octopus, drawn as the character Pearl in the movie Finding Nemo, couldn't have swum with Nemo and Dory because they live at very different depths. After that lesson, I really wanted to see the adorable flapjack octopus for real.

 This Golden Week I finally got my wish when we visited the Numazu Deep Sea Aquarium. Suruga Bay reaches depths of 2,500 meters and is the home of many deep sea creatures. It is very difficult to keep them alive in an aquarium at sea level, so while I was finally able to see a flapjack octopus, I wasn’t able to take a photo of it. However, I could take photos of lots of other interesting animals.

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 This aquarium impressed upon me how little we know about the sea and how essential it is to protect it. I bought a stuffed flapjack octopus to take back to BIG BOW English Lab to show to the students and start a conversation about sea conservation.

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LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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