By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot great fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - even perhaps a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is stuffed with lifestyles - 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 meals - and to prevent changing into somebody else's subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are attached to each other in a foodstuff chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What course will you are taking to stick to the nutrition chain throughout 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 bug capture bits of leftovers? stick to all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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Extra info for A Coral Reef Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Caribbean Sea
Even though it doesn’t have a heart, brain, or blood, sponges are animals, not plants. That’s because they eat and breathe oxygen in the water. Swooping over the reef, a hawksbill turtle stops for a meal. Crunch! Its hard beak tears into the nutrient-filled sponge. Behind it, crabs and shrimp move in to feast on the insides of the sponge that the turtle has cracked open. A crab rips a tiny bit off and scuttles away. But instead of eating it, he crawls under it. It’s almost a perfect disguise. The crab gets a hiding place, and eventually the sponge will start to grow—stuck tight to the crab’s hard Red erect rope sponges, shell like a little orange elephant ear sponge, hat.
The water rushes through the tiny holes and tunnels all over the barrel sponge’s body. Tiny bits of plants and animals called plankton are soaked into the sponge. Plankton give the sponge nutrients. Even though it doesn’t have a heart, brain, or blood, sponges are animals, not plants. That’s because they eat and breathe oxygen in the water. Swooping over the reef, a hawksbill turtle stops for a meal. Crunch! Its hard beak tears into the nutrient-filled sponge. Behind it, crabs and shrimp move in to feast on the insides of the sponge that the turtle has cracked open.
Nibbles off a sponge. To . . coral. To see what coral see what another sponge is up to, tur n to page 36. is up to, turn to page 46. lop . . an Antillean scal to starting to burrow in at the sand. To see wish up another scallop . to, tu rn to page 16 . . a black sea urchin scooting toward a nudibranch. To see what another sea urchin is up to, turn to page 50. . a banded coral shrimp searching for a fish to clean. To see what another shrimp is up to, tur n to page 52. . a fan worm soaking in the nutrients from the water.