Touch Lab with Squid Dissection

This program provides a more detailed introduction to the major marine phyla found along the Gulf Coast, accompanied by interesting facts and anecdotes. At the conclusion of the lecture, students are invited to examine and touch a wide variety of preserved specimens, while identifying major body parts and adaptations to the marine environment. The Phylum Mollusca is
emphasized, and the anatomy of cephalopods is examined through a well-structured squid dissection during the second half of this program.

Duration: approximately 2.5 hours
Recommended: 5th grade to adult

What to expect:

  • After an entertaining and informative lecture, students will pick-up, examine and touch a large variety of preserved specimens in the lab room.
  • A squid dissection where pairs of students are encouraged to ‘get their hands dirty’ and, with instruction, delve into the guts of a squid.

What to wear and bring:

  • Comfortable clothes. Sometimes squid guts may splatter!
  • Notebooks, if your students need to take notes

Key Words to Review with Your Students:

  • Phylum
  • Adaptation
  • Vertebrate
  • Invertebrate 

Alabama Course of Study Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles

To book your field trip, email scheduler@disl.org or call (251) 861-2141 x7511.