BayQuest — A Journey of Exploration
Scripts of Activities and Video Transcripts
Please note: These transcripts are taken from conversations Alice Jane and Bob Lippson had with our staff. Some of the sentence constructions are not those found in formal writing or presentations; instead, they represent the actual words these noted experts said. If you use this page with students, you should make them aware of this.
Ever wonder . . . What does it take to live on the beach?
If anything lives on a beach, they’ve got to be pretty tough critters. First of all, they’ve got the hot sun beating down on them in the summertime. They’ve got the cold winds in the wintertime, or the summertime. And they don’t have a lot of moisture for their survival. But there are certain animals that do live at the beach, and you have to keep your eyes out for them. They are very, very small.
Ever wonder . . . What’s so special about shells?
Of course, if you’re on the beach, you’re going to find shells. And, remember, when you see a shell, don’t think of it, “Oh, it’s a pretty, pretty thing to take home and show off and to collect.” That’s fun. That’s absolutely fun. But, remember that every shell that you see on the beach is the remains of a live animal. And when you see a tiny little clam shell, remember, that’s telling you that, just off the shore in the water, are huge populations of these clams.
Ever wonder . . . What do clams have to do with money?
Hard clams have a very interesting history. Not only are they important to people, because we eat them … watermen go out and collect them. But their scientific name is very interesting. Their scientific name is mercenaria mercenaria. What does that mean? That means money money. Why are they named that? That’s because these clams are the ones that the Indians made [into] wampum. I think all of you know that wampum is the money that the Indians used. They would carve out little beads and string them up and use them in their bartering system.
Ever wonder . . . Where does sand come from?
Sand comes from, from the water. It actually starts up in the mountains. When the rivers bring the sediments down from the mountains, they also tumble them up, tumble them up, tumble them up and then they get smaller and smaller and smaller and then they finally turn into tiny little sand grains.
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