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How Climate Change Affects Great White Sharks

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  • This video describes the impact of climate change on great white sharks and the marine ecosystem. 
  • Students learn the effect of ocean warming on great white shark migration and the ripple effects on sea animals in those areas. 
Teaching Tips


  • It contains accompanying text to aid understanding of the video.
  • It describes how great white sharks are feeding on sea animals which are instrumental to marine ecosystems.
  • It describes the effects of the marine heatwave of 2014.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with marine ecosystems.
  • Students should be familiar with great white sharks.


  • Teachers could use this video to explain how climate change is affecting ecosystems.
  • Teachers could play this video before a group activity on ways to conserve marine ecosystems.
  • Teachers can use this video to highlight the effects of the marine heatwave of 2014.
  • Click here for a resource on climate change and the oceans.
  • Click here for an experiment on ocean acidification.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan on oceans.

Scientist Notes
This resource describes the impact of climate change on juvenile sharks, sea otters, sea lions, migration and survival of marine resources. Students can gain knowledge and motivation to take climate action to conserve the marine ecosystem. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.6 Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, identifying important issues that remain unresolved.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
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