Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ugh, those poor bettas they brought in for my senior year advanced biology class :( First they put them in those tiny divided contraptions, then we were encouraged to remove the divider to see them fight for a few seconds. OF COURSE some of the stupid guys in the class decided "a few seconds" meant "15 minutes" and tried to get the bettas to kill each other. After this lesson was over the bettas were offered up to anyone who wanted them, and I just had to grab 2 because I was worried the boys would take them and fight them after school. I ran to the lost and found for some Nalgene bottles and took the two home. Sadly they both jumped out of their tanks soon after that (at the time I didn't know bettas were so good at jumping ) and they died, but at least they both had a week or two of living in a nice place before they died.
My biology teacher wasn't an idiot, I really don't think he had much say over this lesson. He kept huge goldfish in the tanks in the classroom over the winter (the tanks were big enough, don't worry) and kept them in his pond over the summer, so I know he cared about fish.
We also had a unit on imprinting and the yearly project was to take 2 baby ducks home o.O I decided to decline the whole duck project because I had already seen what a mess the baby ducks made in previous years. I ended up working with some rats instead. They were much cleaner and quieter.