Fish Activities

Underwater Night Life

Underwater Night Life
Underwater Night Life

Some water-dwellers are more active at night than during the day. Learn how to observe the underwater night life up-close.

What You'll Need:

  • Strong flashlight
  • Plastic bags
  • Tape
  • Rope or string
  • Notebook
  • Pen

How to Observe Underwater Night Life:

Step 1: Have an adult go along with you for this project. At night, go down to a dock or a similar place where you can look down into water at least a few feet deep. You could also go out on a pond in a boat. Whether on a dock or a boat, always put on a life vest for safety.

Step 2: Seal a flashlight into a plastic, zipper-type bag. Roll the bag around the flashlight, then seal it in a second bag. Tape the edges for a watertight seal.

Step 3: Tie a light rope or heavy string to the flashlight, turn it on, and lower it down into the water.

Step 4: Wait patiently, and soon the light will attract curious creatures. See what kinds of fish and other creatures are active at night.

Step 5: Keep a nature notebook. Draw what you see and try to identify the animals. Try this in several different areas and compare. See what differences there are between different bodies of water.

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