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Guess the Shark
Can you guess the shark species with the cartoon clues? Hint- each shark has the name of another animal too! Answers at bottom.
1- Tiger shark, 2- whale shark 3- cat shark 4- bull shark 5- zebra shark
Chompy on Chompers!
Chompy is back to talk about shark teeth! Shark teeth are one cool adaptation these fish have!
Shark Week- Shark Basics
Chompy the shark is hanging out with us and sharing some fun facts about shark with us! Today- he’s talking the basics.
We are taking a break from our usual programming to share some fun animals that remind us of Halloween- one of our favorite holidays! We’re sharing a Not So True Halloween Facts and then we’ll share some true facts about the animal!
Goblin Shark Fun Facts:
- Goblin sharks live in the deep ocean.
- They are able to thrust their jaws forward out of their mouth by 3 inches.
- They can grow up to 12 ft long.
- Goblin sharks are found mostly off the coast of Japan.
- They are thought to be solitary.
- Their upper jaw contains up to 53 teeth and their lower jaw can contain up to 62 teeth!
Finding the Sandbar
We are heading out on the S.S E&E to meet a shark today! Often when you are at the beach, you’ll see where more sand has accumulated and even sticks out of the water- this is called sandbar! Well today we are meeting the sandbar shark! They are found around bays, estuaries and sandy bottoms.
Sandbar Shark Fun Facts:
- These streamline sharks can grow up to 8 feet long.
- Sandbar sharks have large dorsal fins.
- These carnivores eat mollusks, crustaceans and fish.
- Sandbar sharks are also called brown sharks.
- They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
- Sandbar sharks give birth to live young!
These relatives of the bull shark are not aggressive like their cousins. Like other sharks, they are threatened by humans- due to shark finning, pollution and over fishing.
One Swell Shark
We went diving again today in the kelp forest. Our goal was to meet some of the fish who call this special place home! First up is one cool shark! Don’t worry- they are pretty shy and small :)!
Location: Kelp forest
Swell Shark Fun Facts:
- Swell sharks get their name from their unique defense mechanism. They grab their tail in their mouth and pump air or water in their stomach and swell to double their normal size.
- They let out a barking noise when releasing the excess air.
- Swell sharks are not strong swimmers.
- They spend their days hiding in caves or crevices.
- Swell sharks are mostly nocturnal and venture out to find prey.
- They lay eggs, called mermaids purses. The eggs are attached to hard structure to stay in play.
- Swell sharks are biofluorescent. They absorb light electromagnetic light waves and re-emit as a different color. This neat adaptation was only discovered a few years ago.
We dove at two separate times -once during the day and once at night. We knew the little swell shark would be out at night. We were so excited to spot on swimming in the water. They are very shy and often when they see divers, freeze. It’s a shark that plays opossum- hehehe!
We Go Diving in the Galapagos
Location: Galapagos Islands
- These smaller sharks get their names from the white tips on their dorsal fins and tail fins.
- Whitetip reef sharks hide out in rocks during the day.
- The sharks will share caves during the day.
- They often chase their prey into crevices. Their narrow snouts and rear sitting dorsal fins help them get in to tight spots to get food.
- Whitetip reef sharks can live up to 25 years.
- They tend to be shy sharks.
We did a nice dive at near dusk so we could spot these elusive and shy sharks. They didn’t want to stick around when they saw us- but at least we caught a glimpse or two! We love the creatures you find in the oceans!
SHARK STICK PUPPET!
It’s craft day once again at Camp E&E! Let’s get right to it and make a shark stick puppet!
- Blue or grey felt
- White stiff felt
- White soft felt
- Felt glue
- white pom pom or googly eye
- popsicle sticks
- shark pattern (below)
- Print and cut out pattern.
- Then cut out one shark from the blue or grey felt and one from the stiff white felt.
- Glue the two sharks together.
- Cut out teeth from soft white felt and draw a black spot on the pom pom (skip if using a googly eye). Then glue the teeth and eye on your shark.
- Then take your sticks and glue them on the back of your shark. Make sure they are fully dry before you pick up your shark!
- Once the sticks are dry! You can have a puppet show with your shark! Make sure you give him a nice clean ocean habitat!
There you have it! Our shark stick puppet craft! Enjoy making yours and share it with us!
GUESS THE SHARK!
Can you guess the shark from the cartoon? Scroll down to the bottom to see if your answers are right and learn a few facts about each shark!
They tend to head butt prey before biting.
They are known to swim in brackish & fresh water systems.
They are also known as the Zambezi shark.
They can grow to lengths of 11 feet & weigh up to 500lbs.
They are listed as near threatened.
They have a horizontal band in their retina that gives them ability to see color and detail.
They are crepuscular.
They rest on ocean floor- to get cleaned by other fish.
They are very social.
They are near threatened.
Their famous tiger stripes on a tiger shark usually disappear on adult sharks.
They can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh up to 1,400lbs!
They are called the “wastebaskets of the sea” because they are known to eat anything, including trash.
They are listed as near threatened.
They are nocturnal hunters!