As part of LGS’s Summer Camp activities, students have been exploring the wide range of marine life including sharks and sea turtles, seahorses and starfish. The highlight of these activities was a trip to the Newport Aquarium.
Sharks are amazing fish that existed before dinosaurs. More than 450 species of sharks cruise the world’s oceans, ranging in size from 8 inches to 40 feet long. Almost all sharks are carnivores, living on fish and sea mammals. Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet and never run out of teeth—if they lose one, another one moves forward from among its multiple rows.
Starfish—or, more appropriately, sea stars, since they are not fish with gills, scales and fins—move up and over rocks and other objects with the help of thousands of little “tube feet” on each arm. Starfish come in many different sizes, colors and textures to help them blend into their environment and avoid detection by predators.
With a head like a horse, snout like an aardvark and a belly pouch like a kangaroo, seahorses are unique animals with many fascinating features. Seahorses can move their eyes in two different directions at the same time, allowing them to look for food with one eye and lookout for predators with the other. Their long, straw-like snout sucks in their food almost like a vacuum. Male seahorses have a kangaroo-like pouch into which the female will deposit her eggs—the male carries the eggs and eventually gives birth.
So what marine animal would you most like to be? A fiercely independent and strong shark or camouflaged sea star? A serene sea turtle or playful dolphin? Or something else?