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Transcript of Aquarium Project
Habitat- The Weedy Sea Dragon lives and breeds off the coast in the temperate waters of Southern and South Eastern Australia.
They live in kelp forests, along reefs, or within weedy, shallow areas. Life Cycle-The Weedy Sea Dragon's eggs take around two months to hatch.
Immediately the hatchlings are independent of their parents.
They begin mating at about two years old. Physical Characteristics- The Weedy Sea Dragon is blue, olive green, yellow, and purple.
They have long snouts and hard armor-like plates.
A full grown Weedy Sea Dragon is around 18 inches long. Fun Facts- These Sea Dragons are endangered.
They use there snout like a straw to suck up small crustaceans and other small prey. African penguin Habitat- The African Penguin is found off the coast of Southern-most Africa.
The 24 islands they live on is their only natural habitat. Physical Characteristics- These penguins stand 18- 25 inches tall. That's 26 inches shorter than an Emperor Penguin!
They have a black back and white chest, and their stomach might also be black.
Bare pink skin surrounds their eyes.
Penguins are naturally flightless birds, because their bones aren't hollow like most birds.
So, instead their wings are modified for swimming. Life Cycle- Mates lay two eggs that are incubated for about 40 days.
Usually only one of the eggs hatches, which will then be fed by its parents for a month.
Then, when they are about 2 or 3 they mate.
They stay with their same mate for the rest of their lifes. Fun Facts- These cute birds can have up to 300 feathers per square inch!
The African Penguins at the GA Aquarium wear beaded bracelets so workers can identify individuals Beluga Whales! Habitat- The Beluga whale lives in a variety of environments. These include:
Deep offshore, shallow bays, far upriver.
They can alternate between fresh and salt water.
Belugas live in Arctic to Sub-Arctic conditions.
They live around Norway and the West coast of Greenland Physical Characters- Beluga Whales have very thick blubber for cold conditions,
They are pale gray to a snowy white.
Even though they are the smallest species of whale, they are 11-15 feet long and weigh around 1100-2500 pounds. Life Cycle-Beluga Whales breed in early spring(April to June).
They migrate to the Churchill area and remain through the summer to give birth.
Calfs are born the following August, and stay with their mothers for about 2 years. Swell Shark Habitat-This shark is found in the warm waters of the western Pacific. From central California to southern Mexico. Even off the coast of Chile.
This bottom-dwelling shark lives in a rocky, algae covered areas.
They live in shallow waters to the deep depths of 1,500 feet deep. Life Cycle- The shark lives in a egg for 9-12 months receiving nutrients from the yolk.
Newborn pups measure about 15 centimeters.
They are able to feed on small mollusks immediatly after birth.
The shark grows up to be at an average size of 3 feet. Physical Characteristics- It has a stout body and a flat, broad head.
Their snout is short and their mouth is very large, extending behind the large oval-shaped eyes.
It has about 60 small teeth in upper and lower jaw. FUN FACTS-The swell shark gets it's name from the ability to swallow large amounts of water, swelling it's body twice it's normal size. This is used to scare off predators. Its a Wolf Eel! Habitat-The wolf eel is a marine, shallow water species found in the North Pacific Ocean.
From the Sea of Japan across to the Aleutian Islands and Alaska to Southern California.
It is found on rocky reefs and stony bottom shelves from sub-tidal areas to 741 feet.
Individuals and, sometimes, mated pairs will establish a den in a cave or crevice. Life Cycle-The mother and father guard the 10,000 eggs for about 13-16 weeks. Then the eggs will hatch.
They start off at about the size of 1 1/2 inches in length.
The wolf eel grows to an adult size of 8 feet and weigh about 40 pounds. Physical Characteristics-It has a long, tubular body with a pointed tail.
It has a large head with a strong jaw with canine like teeth.
With also molar like teeth at the back of it's mouth.
This eel has large pectoral fins and a single, long dorsal fin that extends the length of it's body. FUN FACTS-The wolf-eel's body resembles that of a moray eel, but this species is not an eel. It is one of five species in the "wolfish" family. Giant Pacific Octopus! Habitat-It is found along the Pacific Coast.
From Southern California north to Alaska and across to Japan.
It is found in shallow pools to ocean depths of 2,500 feet.
It is more fond of shallow waters to about 16 feet deep. Life Cycle-Octopus begin as eggs. They take from 150 days to 7 months.
Upon hatching they immediatley swim toward the surface and live as plankton for 28 to 90 days.
Then they float to the bottom and mature.
Then they get up to the adult size of 50 to 90 pounds and about 16 feet long. Physical Characteristics-They are reddish brownish. They are smaller in warmer water and larger in colder water.
It has 8 arms attached to it's body. Each arm has 2 rows of suckers and there may be as many as 1,800 suckers on each one.
Their head is bulb-shaped and contains all organs and it's mouth. FUN FACTS-The males live only four years and the females live 3.5 years which is longer then any other species of octopus. Resources marine.alaskapacific.edu
www.racerocks.com Fun Facts- Beluga Whales are the only species of whale that has a flexible neck.
They also can swim backward. animal.nationalgeographic.com
a-z-animals.com Awooga! It's the Ahh! Run for your lives! Aww, cute! It's seaweed, it's kelp, NO, it's a Shark, SHARK!!!! What has a big head but a small brain? The End! Thanks for watching! Have a great day! And be happy!