Surface Temperature


The sea temperature data that your class took on the boat is called a surface temperature reading. Do you remember looking at the temperature gauge on the mast of the boat? The temperature gauge is connected to a thermometer at the bottom of the boat, just under the surface of the water.

The Monterey Bay is in a temperate zone; it is an area of the earth mid-way between tropical and cold temperatures.

The temperate zone is a very comfortable place for plants and animals to live. Due to the Monterey Bay’s geographic location, there is a wide variety of animals living in and migrating through it, like the California Gray Whale.


Questions: Click on the question to see the answer

What species of animal lives in the Monterey Bay and also in the colder waters of Alaska?

Why do you think that the Gray Whale needs to travel so much?

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