Alexa and the other children at her escuela in Costa Rica have a special project: they are raising American Crocodiles. She names her croc Jefe, which means "boss," because he seems to be in charge of all the other babies. Alexa brings him chicken and frogs to eat, and writes about his progress in her diary. Soon, her little hatchling is as big as a loaf of bread. He has grown into a juvenile and it is time for Alexa to say goodbye and for Jefe to return to the wild.
Nearly as large as a school bus, humpback whales are a sight to see! Near the surface, these giants will come up to breathe from their blowholes. They migrate to find food and may hunt in groups. Since these whales do not have teeth, they happily gulp prey with their enormous mouths. Deep below the surface, males sing songs. Get in tune with humpback whales and pick up this book for young learners.
Jellyfish are graceful, beautiful ocean animals. But their looks are deceiving. Those long, wavy tentacles can really sting! Jellyfish are often transparent. They do not have bones, blood, or brains. Despite their simplicity, these creatures have been around for millions of years. Discover more about jellyfish in this title for emergent readers.
Clinging below the ocean's surface are small creatures with horse heads and monkey tails. Sea horses may have parts that look like other animals, but they are their own unique specimen. In fact, sea horses are so extraordinary that the males give birth! Although sea horses are extremely slow swimmers, they will quickly enter the hearts and minds of curious, young readers!
Did you know that sea stars pump water instead of blood through their systems? Although commonly called starfish, these life forms are not fish! Instead, they are part of a group containing other animals like sea urchins and sand dollars. Sea stars are hardy animals that can grow new limbs and open clam shells. In this interesting title, students will enjoy learning more about these shining ocean stars!
Sea turtles have strong flippers to propel them through water. These shelled animals may migrate thousands of miles to lay eggs. Although they are not agile on shore, some can swim faster than 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour! Many sea turtles live to be well over 30 years old. Beginning readers will learn a boat load of exciting information in this fun title on sea turtles.
Did you know stingray babies are called pups? As soon as pups are born, they are ready to survive on their own! Once they are adults, they will feed on shrimp and clams. They often hide from predators, but they may also use their tail to inject poison. Discover more about stingrays in this title for emergent readers.