Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Ultimate Shopaholic: A Hermit Crab

Hairy red hermit crab in an empty triton shell eating a shrimp.

Family Ties

Hermit crabs are crustaceans, a class of animals that have segmented bodies and an exoskeleton (a hard outer covering).  They are related to lobsters, shrimp, and other crabs.  But hermit crabs are special.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Learning To Love 'Not-So-Cute' Marine Animals

It's easy to love cute animals found in our oceans.  Who doesn't love dolphins, penguins, and colorful little fish?  But what about those that have a face only a mother could love?  For animals like the anglerfish and barracuda we need to look deeper than cuteness to see some amazing qualities.  Let's dive in and find out.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Family Boat Ride Turns Into Whale Rescue Mission

A family boat trip turned into a rescue mission when they came across a whale severely entangled in a huge fishing net.   Realizing that time was crucial, the family worked frantically to free the whale using the only knife they had on board.

Without this intervention, the whale would most likely have not survived.

Please watch this touching video to its conclusion.  The whale's reaction at the end is worth it!

When I saw this video I was deeply touched by the compassion this family had on a fellow animal in need.  It makes me smile to know the whale swims free today due to human kindness. 

The Dodo asks that we support whales by donating to the Great Whale Conservancy

Let's all strive to discard our trash in appropriate ways.

Video Credits:

1.  "Family Rescues Whale Tangled In Net" by The Dodo.  Published on 07 Jul. 2018.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Help Kids Respect Wildlife

Birds build nests in trees.

Teaching our kids to respect wild animals--whether marine animals or land animals-- helps shape their character.  As kids learn to care and protect animals they become kinder, more considerate people.  

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bioluminescent Animals: Land and Sea

Have you ever collected fireflies in a jar on a summer night?  These little insects create their special light through a chemical reaction in their abdomen.  This reaction is called bioluminescence. As amazing as this phenomenon is with land critters, it is super fascinating with marine animals. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Wish For A Fish: All About Sea Creatures

Today I am reviewing a children's picture book by Bonnie Worth entitled Wish For A Fish: All About Sea Creatures, written for children ages 4-8.

Wish For A Fish: All About Sea Creatures is part of the The Cat in the Hat Learning Library.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Marine Animals: Trash or Treasure

We are living at a time in history when there are more people on earth than ever before creating more trash on earth than ever before.  Where's it all going? 

Beach Debris

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Taylor's Review of Ants in My Pants

It's always valuable when young readers review a book.  Their perspective is very relatable to other kids, and authors learn a lot as well.  Scroll down to hear Taylor's review of Ants in My Pants.  
Thanks, Taylor.

Taylor gives a review of Ants in My Pants

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Observe a Pond Like You Would the Ocean

I've talked with parents visiting the aquarium who say their child loves the ocean and wants to become a marine biologist, but...they live in Nebraska or Iowa or somewhere far away from the ocean.  What can they do? 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Coral Reefs, Part II: Life Or Death?

Many coral reefs in the ocean today are suffering from environmental damage so severe it threatens their existence. 

Coral Reef Stress Bleaching

Here's an example: Caribbean coral populations of staghorn and elkhorn "have declined more than 90 percent in the last 25 years".  When reefs are damaged, it sets off a chain reaction that affects marine animals and humans alike.