By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you notice extraordinary fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - perhaps even 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 nutrition - and to prevent changing into somebody 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 stick to the nutrients 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 computer virus seize bits of leftovers? persist with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what experience!
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When she lands, she is missing her left front leg. Up above, the trumpetfish crunches on it. The shrimp scrambles back to her anemone on nine legs. She’ll be okay. The trumpetfish didn’t tear off her leg. Her body just let it go. Doing this is a way to make a safe getaway and not get eaten entirely. In time, a new leg and claw will grow back. The new left leg will be smaller than the right, but it’ll do the job. Last night for dinner, the banded coral shrimp picked up . . . bits and pieces of plankton.
They are trying to attract customers. Their tricks get noticed. A grouper pulls up in front of the shrimp. He stretches his fat-lipped mouth wide. His gills flare. But the shrimp doesn’t run off. Instead, she steps right into the grouper’s huge mouth and goes to work. She pokes and prods, nibbling and munching. The grouper is covered in tiny parasites and worms—delicious! If the grouper and the shrimp crossed paths anywhere else but the cleaning station, the shrimp would be his dinner. But here she’s safe.
A banded coral shrimp, injured by a barracuda. To see what another shrimp is up to, turn to page 52. . some coral polyps. To see what a group of coral polpys is like, tur n to page 44 . . a foureye butterflyfish that got too close. To see what another butterflyfish is up to, turn to page 12. . coral it was cling ing to. To see what a group of coral is like, tu rn to page 46 . . a fan worm. To see what another fan worm is up to, tur n to page 38. . bits off a sponge. To see what another sponge is up to, tur n to page 36.
A Coral Reef Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Caribbean Sea by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn