By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you notice very good 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 quest is directly to locate foodand to prevent changing into a person elses subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, and plant to animal. What course will you're taking to keep on with the meals chain during the coral reef?
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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. Gibbon, Gail. Coral Reefs. New York: Holiday House, 2007. Gibbon’s simple text and pictures explore the coral reef habitat. html This site provides information on corals, as well as puzzles and games about the habitat. Macaulay, Kelley, and Bobbie Kalman. Coral Reef Food Chains. New York: Crabtree, 2005.
To see what a group of coral is up to, tur n to page 46. . sponges. To see what another sponge is up to, turn to page 36. . a giant Caribbean sea anemone. To see what another sea anemone is up to, tur n to page 54 . . a fan worm. To see what another fan worm is up to, tur n to page 38. Coral Reef Plants 30 As you glide through the coral reef, you’ll notice there aren’t a lot of plants. But if you look closely, you’ll see plants tucked away among the lumps and bumps of coral. Those plants play an important role in the reef.
Crunch! The queen parrot fish can be heard yards away as he scrapes at the coral with his beaklike teeth. He breaks off a piece and swallows it down. He doesn’t really want the coral, though. What he’s really after are the algae and sponges inside and on it. Once he swallows the hard parts, the bits of coral and rocks are ground up into tiny sandy bits inside of him. Then he digests the algae and gets rid of the sand. That’s right—some of the sand you walk on at a tropical beach was probably pooped out by parrot fish.