By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you notice significant fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtles - even perhaps a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is filled with existence - 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 turning into an individual else's 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 persist with 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 trojan horse capture bits of leftovers? stick to all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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Dead algae. To see what the plants of the coral reef are like, tur n to page 30. Spotted Moray Eel 40 (Gymnothorax moringa) As the sun fades from the reef, the spotted moray eel stirs in her lair. She may look like a snake, but she’s a fish—a long fish, as long and as thick as your leg. She doesn’t have side fins as other fish do. But she does have a long top fin that runs the length of her body. This and her tail fin steer her through the water. But she doesn’t need to swim much. She tends to wait for her food from the safety of her hideaway.
The tentacles have tiny stingers called barbs. Each barb shoots poison into the squirrelfish. The poison stuns the fish. Then the tentacles guide the fish to the center of the anemone, where an open mouth is waiting. Mmm. Dinner. Last night for dinner, the anemone digested . . . a foureye butterflyfis that swam too close. To seh e what another butt erflyfish is up to, tu rn to page 12 . . a queen parrot fish that brushed up against the anemone. To see what another queen parrot fish is up to, turn to page 34.
Do you still want this sidebar in here? Att ack of the Sta rfis h It's not just the coral reefs of the Caribbean that are in trouble. The reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans are threatened by a sudden increase in crown-of-thorns starfish. 2 square meters) a day. After they attack a reef, not much is left. Scientists aren't sure why there are suddenly so many more of these starfish. It might be natural for their numbers to increase and decrease in cycles. But it also might be that one of the crown-of-thorns' predators has disappeared.
A Coral Reef Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Caribbean Sea by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn