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Learn about Animals live in the Sea

Self Paced 20-hour course to help you understand more about Marine Vertebrates

For anyone thinking about keeping an aquarium, their first big choice is whether to keep salt water or freshwater fish. This course helps you to understand the scope and nature of salt water animals, in particular fish - whether in captivity or in the wild.  It is a great  introduction to understanding taxonomy (classification) of marine vertebrates, different groups and the characteristics that differentiate those groups.

If you are passionate about marine life and want to learn more, this course is a great place to start.


Why Study this Course?

  • Better understand Salt Water fish and other marine vertebrates
  • Make more informed choices about establishing and managing a salt water aquarium
  • Observe and understand marine animals better in the wild
  • Broaden and deepen your understanding of marine ecosystems



LESSON 1 Classification of Organisms

  • Introduction
  • Taxonomy/Classification of Marine Life
  • Phylum Chordata
  • Non Chordate Animals

Lesson 2 Fishes

  • Lampreys)
  • Hagfishes
  • Rays and Skates
  • Chimaeras
  • Bony fishes
  • Biological characteristics of bony fish
  • Superclass Sarcopterygii
  • Superclass Actinopterygii – ray-finned fish
  • Class Chondrostei
  • Class Holostei
  • Class Teleostei
  • ‘Bony’ Fish anatomy and physiology


Lesson 3 Sea Birds

  • Gulls, Terns, Auks, Puffins, Albatrosses,  Petrels
  • Pelicans 
  • Gannets 
  • Cormorants
  • Boobies, Frigate birds, Tropic birds 
  • Penguins

Lesson 4 Marine Reptiles

  • Sea Turtles 
  • Sea Snakes 
  • Crocodilians
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Differences between Gharials, Alligators, and Crocodiles

Lesson 5 Marine Mammals

  • Order Cetacea - Whales
  • Carnivores (eg. Seals)
  • Mustalids
  • Mysticeti (Baleen Whales)
  • Odontoceti (Toothed Cetaceans)
  • Dolphins
  • Whales


How does this course work?

How does this course work? 
You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.

You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.

There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.

At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it.



  • Anyone interested in Marine Life
  • Aquaria owners or managers
  • Divers
  • Students of fish and/or the environment, biology, marine science


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