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Warty Fish

Warty Fish

Today we are meeting one ugly but neat fish today! These funny looking fish are named the Warty Frog Fish! Come learn more about them with us.

 

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Warty Frogfish Fun Facts: 

  • These warty frogfish grows up to 6 inches long.
  • They are covered in little bumps called spindles.
  • They have large mouths that allow them to eat prey as large as themselves. These carnivores eat anything that comes their way.
  • After a few weeks of life they have the ability to change color to match their surroundings.
  • They have a lure on their head they use to catch prey with.
  • Warty frogfish are also biofluorescent. They have proteins that absorb electromagnetic waves and they emit that light in a different color.

Warty frogfish are so amazing! Can you imagine absorbing electromagnetic waves and then glowing? It is so neat!

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Guess the Shark

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.

 

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1- Tiger shark, 2- whale shark 3- cat shark 4- bull shark 5- zebra shark

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Chompy on Chompers!

Chompy on Chompers!

Chompy is back to talk about shark teeth! Shark teeth are one cool adaptation these fish have!

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Shark Week- Shark Basics

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.

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Eight is Great!

Eight is Great!

We were so excited to spot today’s animal at camp while on a snorkeling trip! It’s always amazing to see new species (new to us) and today we are meeting the commons octopus.

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Common Octopus Fun Facts: 

  • Common octopus can grow up to 4 feet long and weigh around 22 lbs.
  • These carnivores eat mollusks, crabs and other shellfish.
  • They have venomous saliva to help subdue any prey.
  • They have some of the most amazing camouflage techniques in the animal world. They can change their color and texture instantly to blend in with their surroundings. They have special cells in their skin and muscles that help them do so.
  • The common octopus can also release ink to avoid predators.
  • They are most active at dusk and dawn.
  • Common octopus are highly intelligent and are known to raid lobster traps and open jars in aquariums.
  • Octopus are able to absorb water through their gills and their skin!

We looooove all cephalopods and it is always fun to share more about them with our campers! Do you love them as much as us?

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One Big Sea Snail

One Big Sea Snail

We were searching the beach for shells when we came across an abandoned shell that belongs to one big sea snail.  We wanted to know more about the animal that uses this shell- so here we are to learn more about the knobbed welk.

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Knobbed Welk Fun Facts: 

  • Knobbed welks can grow up to 12 inches long.
  • Knobbed welks are right sided. When you find them the openings will always be on the right.
  • They have 6 vertical coils.
  • They live in shallow and deep water depending on the time of year.
  • These carnivores eat oysters and clams. They use their shells to open their prey using their shell. They have a long probiscus they use to eat the flesh with.

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When you find abandoned sea shells on the beach, do you wonder what kind of animal lived in it? We love to go back with the shells and ID them.

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When You Put a Fish in a Box

When You Put a Fish in a Box

Hehehehe! We’re just kidding- we’re not putting fish in boxes today, but we are going snorkeling and meeting the boxfish! You campers may remember meeting Barry the Boxfish on World’s Oceans Day. Today we’re going to learn more about them.

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Boxfish Fun Facts: 

  • Boxfish can grow up to 18 inches.
  • These little omnivores eat algae, worms and crustaceans.
  • Boxfish are bright yellow as juvinelles. They get darker as they get older.
  • That bright coloration is called warning coloration. It serves as a warning to predators that it is toxic.
  • Boxfish excreate poison when threatened.
  • They are solitary.

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We love these cube shaped fish. A car company even thought their funny shape would make for a good car design. We wonder if they added the fins?

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Knot Bird

Knot Bird

We are so happy to finish our first week at Camp E&E at the Beach with more fun bird species! These little funny shore birds have an even funnier name- the red knot!

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Red Knot Fun Facts: 

  • These gorgeous little birds have one of the longest migration routes on any bird. They travel from places like Alaska to Southern America.
  • They are carnivores. They eat larva and Arthropoda.
  • They grow up to 10 inches long.
  • Red knots can double their weight before they migrate.
  • One cool fact is like most migrating birds, they reduce the size of their digestive organs before they migrate.
  • They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.

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We love these little birds. How cool is that they migrate soooooo far! That trip must be exhausting- hehehe!

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Pelican Pelican!

Pelican Pelican!

While bird watching on the beach, we spotted some pelicans. This large billed birds were not the brown pelicans we are use to seeing, but the American White Pelican. They were so fun to watch and we couldn’t wait to learn more about them.

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American White Pelican Fun Facts:

  • White pelicans live near marshes and lakes.
  • These large birds can grow up to 70 inches long and weigh up to 14 lbs. Those famous bills can be 15 inches long.
  • Their wingspan is only 2nd to the California Condor.  Those wings can be 120 long when in flight! That is longer than a queen sized mattress, which measures 80 inches!
  • Males are larger than females.
  • These carnivores eat not only fish, but also bottom dwellers like salamanders and crayfish.
  • They are usually found in large flocks.
  • White pelicans do not dive for their food, but instead scoop it out of the water and drain the water out of their bills.
  • These big birds eat around 4 lbs of food a day!

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We love pelicans! They are so funny and kind of derpy, but graceful too! It was fun to watch some swimming and catching their food that way instead of diving.

 

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Curlew!

Curlew!

We are meeting our first resident of Camp EE at the beach- the long-billed curlew. One of our favorite pastimes at beach camp is to watch shore birds run around looking for food and running away from the waves.

 

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Long-billed curlew fun facts: 

  • These carnivores use those long bills to grab crustaceans and marine invertebrates.
  • They hunt for prey in groups.
  • They run or walk on the ground often.
  • They are the largest member of the sandpiper family.
  • Males do fancy flights to attract mates. They mate in grasslands and prairies away from the shore.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We love these birdies with their skinny legs and long funny beaks. We could watch them all day and we might just do that!

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