Baby turtles hatch from eggs buried in the sand of beaches. They must climb out of the hole and get to the water as quickly as possible. They face many predators like foxes, crabs, birds, and raccoons. Only 1 out of 1,000 will make it to the ocean. Mrs. Tolfords Second Grade Class
The Nudibranch is a sea snail. It lays eggs in a spiral. Ocean currents can wash away the eggs. Predators can eat up the spiral of eggs. Mrs. Polanskys Second Grade Class Egg Spiral
People throw plastic bags into the ocean. The Loggerhead Turtles are looking for food and they eat the bags. It makes them sick and they can die. Loggerhead Turtles can get stuck in fishing lines and nets. They cant get air and can die. Mrs. Boeckmans Second Grade Class
People are fishing for sharks! Sharks are endangered. Dont ask for shark fin soup at a restaurant! Dont over-fish the ocean! By Mrs. Cruzs Second Grade
People drive their boats fast where the manatees live. The boats hit the manatees. They can get hurt or die. The boats are invading the manatees space. Manatees are slow swimmers. By Mrs. Pohlmanns Second Grade Class
For their protection, Bannerfish use their flashy colors to warn predators to stay away! Their bright colors blend in with the coral reef so predators cant find them. Bannerfish also use their flashy colors to communicate with other Bannerfish. Mrs. Echelberrys Third Grade Class
The Sand Tiger Shark needs food to survive. It uses its good sense of smell to find prey. It uses its eyesight to look for food. It can even use its skin to sense prey! Mr. Stulls Third Grade Class
Sponges do not have any muscles or any organs! The sponges squishy body sucks in water to clean itself and to filter feed. Mrs. Rices Third Grade Class Filter Feeding sucks food out of the water. I have no muscles so I cant work out!
Paddle-like flippers help the leatherback to swim to a place to find food. These turtles have fat under their skin to keep them warm in cold water. Leatherbacks dont have teeth, instead they have spikes in their throats which keep their food down, so it cant get back up. By Mrs. Sheehans Third Grade Class
A Nudibranch is a snail in the ocean. A Nudibranch can eat a jellyfish, and then use the jellyfish poison to fight against a predator. Ms. Schultzs Third Grade Class
Komodo Dragons are huge reptiles that live on the Island of Komodo. Some people on Komodo Island are hunting because they are hungry. They are poaching the prey of the Komodo Dragon. This starves the Komodo Dragon. Mrs. Rywalskis Fourth Grade Class Poaching is the illegal hunting of endangered animals.
People used homemade fertilizer bombs to catch fish. These chemical fishing tools can destroy the coral reef habitat and make it unlivable for other fish. This can affect humans because this kind of pollution can make us sick, too! Mrs. Funks Fourth Grade Class People want to catch sea creatures for food and survival. People sometimes use bleach to catch crabs and lobsters.
The Emperor Angelfish is a beautiful fish with brilliant colors. Humans will catch this fish to make a lot of money. Humans use poison to catch the Angelfish. It can kill the fish, the animals in the coral reef and even the fisherman! Do not use toxins to catch a fish! By Mrs. Dominys Fourth Grade Class
Humans help sea turtles… By collecting litter By protecting baby turtles nesting areas By helping sick or injured sea turtles at research centers. Mr. ONeill takes pictures and shares them with the world to teach them how to take care of the ocean. By Mrs. Skillingtons Fourth Grade Class
The Bobtail Squid needs the bacteria to hunt its prey. The Bioluminescent Bacteria glow like a flashlight. They help the Bobtail Squid to go hunting in the dark. The Bioluminescent Bacteria live in the Bobtail Squids stomach, and they get food from the stomach. Mrs. Gunns 5 th Grade Class We glow!
Symbiotic Animals The Decorator Crab and the Strawberry Anemone rely on each other for food and safety. The crab picks the anemones and sticks them on his back to camouflage himself. The anemone get to travel around to get a lot more food. Mrs. Sorokas Fifth Grade Class
Symbiotic Relationships = The Goby relies on the Alpheid Shrimp to dig a safety hole where they can hide from predators. Mrs. Cutshalls Fifth Grade Class The Alpheid Shrimp relies on the Goby to watch for predators with its excellent eyesight.
The Clownfish and the Sea Anemone have a symbiotic relationship. The Clownfish is protected because the Sea Anemone stings its predators. By Mrs. Prices Fifth Grade Class The Sea Anemone is protected from its predator the butterflyfish because the Clownfish scares them away.