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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 37 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States, USA - West, California


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Drawing Connections: Cabrillo National Monument

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  • This video from the National Park Service explains how climate change affects sea creatures in the rocky intertidal zone at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. 
  • Students will learn how ocean acidification and rising temperatures can negatively impact sea creatures and what we can do to take action. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video uses engaging watercolor illustrations to explain how climate change affects tidal ecosystems in California.
  • The video describes how ocean acidification impacts sea creatures.
  • An audio-described version of the video is linked in the video description.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful for students to understand the pH scale.
  • Students should understand that carbon emissions cause ocean acidification.


  • Chemistry classes could use this video to investigate the chemical processes involved in ocean acidification. 
  • Science classes could use this video to evaluate how climate change impacts ecosystems in nearby national monuments and parks. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this video introduction to ocean acidification, this ocean acidification lab, and this video about shellfish and ocean acidification. 
Scientist Notes
The video illustrates how inhabitants of rocky intertidal zones develop strategies to respond to climate risks on their marine resources and ecosystem. Although climate change impact is complex and dynamic, it requires testing, re-testing, and applying appropriate scientific and local knowledge to collect quality data for accurate predictions and prepare for future risks. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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