Did you know that a blue whale's heart is the size of a golf cart? Or that a cockroach's heart has thirteen chambers? Hearts are fascinating organs! In Outdoor Education this week, we honored Valentine's Day by taking a deep dive into the study of animal hearts. Speaking of diving, a seal can slow its heartbeat down from 100 beats per minute to only 10 beats to save oxygen for long dives in the water. Wow! In addition to learning about animal hearts, students examined the anatomical heart (comparing its real shape to the popular Valentine version), practiced taking their pulse, and discussed ways to keep their hearts healthy for life. After all, our hearts beat 100,000 times and pump 2,000 gallons of blood through our bodies each day.
Happy Heart Month from the GSES community!