If I were you I would have two questions about this course. One is “Why invertebrates?” And two is “Why Woods Hole?” Why invertebrates? There is much more diversity among invertebrates than vertebrates – in diversity in terms of individual species. There’s 10,000 birds, 3,000 mammals 20,000 snails. And in terms of the way you build the body, the different body plans – that’s what this course is about. Why Woods Hole? Along east coast of North America there are four major divisions of the kinds of animals you find in the ocean. One at Cape Canaveral, one at Cape Hatteras And one of the southern edge of Cape Cod, right at Woods Hole. The interesting thing about Woods Hold is we will be sitting right on this final boundary. And the opportunity you’ll have in this course is the difference between going to the zoo and going to the Serengeti plains.