I just signed up for Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation, and maybe you’d like to sign up too. Marine Megafauna is a mooc (massive open online course) available to everyone, for free, via coursera.org. The course website promises that by reading papers published in the open-access scientific journal PLOS ONE, you’ll “explore how marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark and deep ocean” and learn, among other things, “how penguins keep warm, how blue whales eat and how everything in the ocean – from the biggest creature to the smallest – is connected.” Sounds good to me.
Marine Megafauna starts on February 3. Check it out.
(Or if you prefer your megafauna extinct, there’s an available session of Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology, a course I’ve taken, enjoyed, and mentioned here before. The current session started on January 6, but fear not! — the entire course is open for you to take at your own pace.)