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The Deep Sea Food Web
Transcript of The Deep Sea Food Web
In the Deep Sea ecosystem, humans are the top predator. Many fisherman capture and sell the fish they acquire when Deep Sea trawling. the humans they sell the animals to either eat them or put them on display for entertainment and decoration.
The Deep Sea Food Web
by Grace Eichenour
Higher Level Consumer*
The Electro Angler Shark (imaginary) is a higher level consumer that eats Firefly Squid, Dumbo Octopus, and Polychaete. The only main threat to it is humans, usually caught during Deep Sea fishing. It has no known symbiotic relationships.
Higher Level Consumer
The Viperfish is a higher level consumer that eats large bony fish and aquatic crustaceans. It is hunted by many types of Dolphins and is sometimes caught in Deep Sea fishing. Mutualistic relationship between bioluminescent bacteria
The Firefly Squid is a Secondary consumer that eats any small fish it can find. It is hunted by Whales, Sharks, Crabs, Squids, and Humans. Mutualistic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria.
The Dumbo Octopus is a secondary consumer that eats crustaceans, bivalve, sea worms, and zoo-plankton. They are hunted by sharks and killer whales. The Dumbo Octopus has no known symbiotic relationships.
*varies upon species
The Blobfish is a primary/secondary consumer* that eats Sea Urchins, Mollusks, Shellfish, and any other edible material it can find. It does not have any natural predators besides humans because it has poison sacs that release poison when consumed. It prefers the Deep Sea habitat off of the coast of Australia and Tasmania. The Blobfish has no known symbiotic relationships.
*varies by species
The Polychaete Worm is a primary/secondary* consumer that eats Bacteria, Algae, and other small animals*. It is hunted by Reef Fish, Butterfly Fish, birds, and other Polychaete. It has a mutualistic relationship with Hermit Crabs. Crabs get clean skin, and the worm gets food and shelter.
Zebra Algae (imaginary) is a producer that makes its own food through chemosynthesis. It is hunted by Blobfish, Polychaete, and other primary consumers. It has a symbiotic relationship with Deep Sea Hydrothermal vents; Commensalism.
Phytoplankton is a producer that makes its own food through chemosynthesis. It is hunted by Polychaete, Blobfish, and other primary consumers. It has a symbiotic relationship with Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents; Commensalism.
Eaten by or related to Humans/Top Predator
Eaten by or related to Secondary Consumers
Eaten by or related to Higher Level/Tertiary Consumers
Eaten by or related to Primary Consumers
No arrow means they create their own food/Producer