A Coral Reef Food Chain-A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to a Caribbean coral reef! As you snorkel simply offshore, you spot marvelous fish, waving sea anemones, diving turtlesmaybe even a prowling barracuda! The coral reef is stuffed 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 turning into a person elses subsequent meal. All dwelling 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 nutrients chain in the course of the coral reef?

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