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Transcript of Sandy Shores
Flora and Fauna Pics
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The shorelines are made of tiny pieces of rock, most commonly quartz. These are rocks that have been eroded by the sea and got deposited on the beach. Many beaches have a layer of mud or clay under the sand from other beaches. Kelp, shells and rocks all scatter the shore, supplying animals with food and shelter. Many small plants grow farther back to hold the sandy shores together. Sandy beaches also have tiny hills and bumps in the ground near the sea from worms burrowing for safety.
By: Hussain Gynai, Julia Takla, Grant Sherrill, and Michael Samora
Moon snails: Blind snails that live underground for protection. Digs with it's feet. And uses sand to ambush clams and eat them
Ghost Shrimp: They are the most populated organisms that burrow under the sand. They eat sand and mud and make holes in the sand everywhere, that are about the size of a lead pencil.
Mole Crabs: They have very small eyes that have little use to them, so they use their antennas to sense around them. The antennas are used when the tide comes in to catch food, it then picks it's food from it's antennas.
Lugworms: Little worm like creatures that live in the Georgia flats. It passes soil through it's body to get to food. It feeds on decaying organic matter. There presence is shown by small volcanic like cones sticking out of the ground. In midsummer they lay small pink sacs in the water, their eggs.
Trumpet worm: They live in a little cone that they make themselves out of sand that is cemented together. It uses the cone as protection and uses it to dig by sticking the tip of the cone in the sand and throwing the sand over it's shoulder.
Sand hopper: It requires dampness but can't be in the water for long because it can not swim so it stays on the sand and will only go as far as the upper beach. They eat sea lettuce, kelp and eat the mineral substances off of dead fish. Uses it's legs to dig holes to hide in then plugs the hole with multiple pairs of, legs all in up to 10 minutes.
Bits of Coral that comes onto the shoreline in colorful colors like orange red and green. They usually appear after a storm.
Spirula: With a cylindrical squid like body, the Spirula stays about 1200 feet in depth and is jet propelled. This movement style leaves it with jerky movement.
Coquina clams: These are animals that constantly dig themselves farther under the sand when a wave washes their sandy barrier away. Once underground they send out siphons to take in nutrients from incoming waves.
Flora and Fauna
The climate is warm or tropical during the summer, fall and spring months. In the winter it gets slightly colder and ice can form on the sand.
Many of the animals in the sandy shore had to adapt to survive against predators. A large number of worms ended with having hard shells as protection against predators. Others had burrowed underground with siphons to get food like many shells. The predators however developed traits to get these protected animals like the ability to dig or appendages to break the shell
Flora and Fauna Summary