By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot impressive fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - even perhaps a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is filled with lifestyles - from 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 meals - and to prevent changing into a person 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 direction will you're taking to keep on with the foodstuff chain during 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? persist with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what experience!
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What look like 130 table tennis balls glisten in the moonlight. Then she carefully tucks them in with a blanket of sand. Her job done, the turtle heaves herself back to the ocean. Bright eyes from the trees nearby watch her leave. Then, with a flurry of sand, the waiting mongoose finds the turtle’s hidden treasure. He Not Eno ugh Tur tles Already the reef has noticed the loss of the hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat mostly sponges—almost 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) a year! Sponges have impor tant roles in the coral reef.
When there are too many sponges, they block the coral from getting sunlight. And without sunlight, the coral can’t survive. sucks down as many eggs as he can eat. The rest he leaves uncovered. Without the protective warmth of the sand, the remaining eggs won’t survive. Dozens of turtles once laid their eggs on this beach at night. With that many nests, one mongoose raid didn’t do much harm to the turtle population. But tonight this hawksbill’s nest was the only one on the beach. And that is the case all around the world for hawksbill turtles.
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