By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you notice marvelous fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtlesmaybe even a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is filled with lifefrom 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 foodand to prevent changing into anyone elses subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are hooked up 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 meals chain throughout the coral reef?
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A giant Caribbean sea anemone. To see what another sea anemone is up to, tur n to page 54 . . a fan worm. To see what another fan worm is up to, tur n to page 38. Coral Reef Plants 30 As you glide through the coral reef, you’ll notice there aren’t a lot of plants. But if you look closely, you’ll see plants tucked away among the lumps and bumps of coral. Those plants play an important role in the reef. Sea grass Sea grass grows along the ocean floor. Waving in the ocean’s current, sea grass looks just like a field of tall grass.
The disease traveled concerned for the future of the Car percent of black sea urchins died. with the tides, and in the end, 97 struggling to recover. Decades later, the reefs are still it floats by. . plankton as th er plankton . . a long-horn nudibranch. To see what To see what o page 18 . to are up to, tu rn another nudibranch is up to, turn to page 28. . a banded coral shrimp, injured by a barracuda. To see what another shrimp is up to, turn to page 52. . some coral polyps. To see what a group of coral polpys is like, tur n to page 44 .
See long-horn nudibranch shark sucker. See remora sharpnose puffer fish (Canthigaster rostrata), 11, 15, 21, 23, 48–49 smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), 7, 23, 31, 33, 56 southern stingray (Dasyatis americana), 11, 15, 16, 23, 24–27, 31, 39 sponges (Porifera), 5, 36–37, 59; as food, 12–13, 19, 29, 34–35, 39, 49, 50–51, 59 spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax moringa), 7, 15, 19, 23, 27, 40–41 tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), 6, 7, 8–11, 19, 31, 39 trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus), 11, 20–21, 23, 31, 52, 56 63 Photo Acknowledgments 64 The images in this book are used with the permission of: © Mike Kelly/The Image Bank/Getty Images, pp.