Manatees are true gentle giants. Though many weigh more than 1,000 pounds, they do not use their size to overpower other sea creatures. They spend a lot of their time peacefully eating underwater grasses. Young students will close this title understanding how the manatee earned its “sea cow” nickname.
Did you know that some corals are named for being look-alikes? The mushroom coral has an umbrella-like shape. Grooves on the surface of the brain coral give it the appearance of the important human organ. Beginning readers just might get the urge to name the corals in this book.
Sea anemones are big believers in the buddy system. They welcome clownfish to hang out in their tentacles and snack on leftovers. In return, their clownfish pals say thank you with a parasite cleaning. Beginning readers will discover how sea anemones have mastered the give and take of friendship.
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.
Not all seals measure up to one another. The ringed seal, for example, is four times shorter and more than fifty times lighter than the elephant seal! This elementary title puts on display the common features that make seals of all sizes alike.