By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot outstanding fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - perhaps even a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is stuffed with existence - from coral polyps snagging plankton to a moray eel gobbling up a goby fish. Day and evening at the coral reef, the search is directly to locate foodstuff - and to prevent changing into a person else's subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are attached to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What direction will you are taking to persist with the nutrition chain in the course of the coral reef? Will you . . . Tail a tiger shark because it sniffs out its subsequent sufferer? try out a stingray crushing clams? Watch a feathery fan trojan horse capture bits of leftovers? stick to all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what experience!
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It’s stinging coral—her face will soon be peeling where it touched the coral. But it was worth it to her. She’s trying to get extra calcium for the eggs she’ll lay soon. 58 She lets the incoming tide push her closer to shore. When her feet hit the sand, she starts pushing herself forward up the beach. Out of the water, her body seems impossibly heavy. Slowly, she scoots toward a little spot near a piece of driftwood. She digs. Then she turns and lays her first clutch of eggs. What look like 130 table tennis balls glisten in the moonlight.
A Coral Reef Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Caribbean Sea by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn