SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!
Welcome everyone! I’m very excited for today’s lesson! It’s a great word, so let’s get right to it!
Today’s word is: Symbiosis (simbēˈōsəs) an interaction between two living organisms. There are different kinds of symbiosis; today we will talk about mutualism. Mutualism is when two living organisms interact with each other that benefit each other.
Here are two examples:
Cleaner shrimp and eel or fish- the shrimp eat parasites off the eels mouth. The eel gets rid of pesky parasites and the shrimp get a meal!
Clownfish and anemones- clownfish spend their time in a host anemone. The stinging cells of the anemone help protect the clownfish from predators, while the anemone eats bits of food that the clownfish drops.
Nature is full of symbiotic relationships- including mutual ones! Can you think of any other mutualistic ones?
Aren’t there animals that attach to whales and keep them clean or something like that? This is going waaaaay back in the brain to find this info lol.