Marine Bio Field Trip

First, we saw the southern rock hopper penguin and we drew it. They behaved very well. It takes scientists about a few days to observe an animal and become an expert on every aspect on its behavior. When the animal met other animals, it responded well. The animal surprised me when they talked to each other. If I had observed for any shorter amount of time, I would not have seen the way they interact with each other. The Atlantic harbor seals move very fast and live in the outdoors part of the aquarium. The amazon rain forest helps for oxygen and is an important part of the ecosystem. The edge of the sea part of the aquarium, is where we saw things like, horseshoe crabs, starfish, snails, crabs, and more. The Pacific community reef is constructed with artificial coral because it is too full and crowded. The sea dragons live in the great barrier reef. The shark and ray touch tank was my favorite part of the trip. The coastal ecosystem the tank is designed to look like is a sandbar. It is low and shallow and very sandy and salty. I touched the stingray and it was very soft. The stingray is shaped the way it is because it is easier for it to sting, and its mouth is on the bottom making it easier to eat. In the giant ocean tank, the sea turtles are designed with large shells, making it easier for them to survive and protect themselves. The fish in this tank protect themselves by blending in and hiding in their surroundings. Overall, the trip was very educational and interesting. The message we heard from the aquarium staff was to help keep our oceans clean. Image

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