Science Club @ Centre for Life

10th October 2017

Science Club @ Centre for Life

This week in Science Club we were looking at how animals have adapted to the environments they live in. This can be the colour of their fur or skin or how they behave in order to keep hot or cool. A good example of this is the fox. 

 The Arctic fox and the Fennec fox have completely different features and are perfectly adapted for their own environment but neither could survive in the other.

 We tested different materials to see which would be best suited to surviving in icy water. We found that the blubber on a whale and the thick fur of a sea otter were perfect adaptations for survival in very cold water, however a cats fur and human skin were no protection in freezing water.

 We also used heat lamps and thermometers to test how moving into the shade can help animals living in very hot countries. We discovered that the shade of a tree can really reduce the temperature faced by animals such as lions. It’s no surprise that lions spend a lot of their time lying in the sun!

 Some animals are so perfectly adapted to their environments that they can hide very effectively. Can you spot the animals hiding in these pictures?