The Mysterious Purple Blob

Etiwanda High School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Did you know that only five percent of the Earth’s oceans are mapped? The Ocean Exploration Trust, a group comprised of marine scientists and students, is working specifically to map the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary in California. The crew often discovers new wildlife on their expeditions in this biodiverse region nicknamed the “Galapagos of North America,” but in 2016, they encountered a very peculiar and mysterious life form: a luminous purple blob.

Produced by Samantha Zamora, Marc Barba, Allicia Dean, Jaden Dawson, Riana Teran, Jade Bobeda, Keala Naipo, and Martita Ureno de Arias at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Mentor support provided by Peggy Pico. Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Bernadine Judson.

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