By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot extraordinary fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtlesmaybe even a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is stuffed with lifefrom 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 foodand to prevent changing into a person elses subsequent meal. All residing issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What direction will you are taking to keep on with the meals chain in the course of the coral reef?

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That’s right, this is a dead end. Smalltooth sawfish have been overfished and are hard to find in the waters of the Caribbean. 33 Bo tt om Trawle rs Ba nn ed h sawfish is bottom trawling One of the threats to the smalltoot s g miles and miles of weighted net fishing. That is when fishers dra caught in the nets and die. But across the seafloor. The fish get n just the smalltooth sawfish. It bottom trawling harms more tha ater plants, and snags dolphins, breaks up coral, uproots underw scours the ocean floor of life and sharks, and tur tles.

To se e what another g iant Caribbean sea an is up to, tu rn to emone page 54 . Giant Caribbean Sea Anemone (Condylactis gigantea) 54 As the tide comes back in, the giant Caribbean sea anemone’s tentacles unfold. The anemone may look like a plant growing out of the rocky bottom of the shore, but it’s an animal. It clings to the rocks with a sticky leg called a pedal disk. As the water comes in, the anemone creeps along the stone so slowly you can hardly see it move. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t care where it goes.

Dive into the photographs in this book for the next best thing to visiting a coral reef. , and Beth E. Simmons. Sea Secrets: Tiny Clues to a Big Mystery. Lafayette, CO: Moonlight Publishing, 2009. This book explores problems with three ocean animals and links their trouble to a break in the food chain. , III. One Night in the Coral Sea. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2005. Take a tour through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. shtml Read about the animals of the coral reef and then print out coloring pages of them.

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