KNOW YOUR SHARKS
We enjoyed meeting our cephalopod friends last week- did you? This week we’re partying with the elasmobranchs – that’s right it’s Shark Week! Come learn more about these cartilaginous fish with us.
SHARK FUN FACTS:
- Shark skeletons are made of cartilage, the same tissue that makes up human noses and ears. Their teeth do have enamel, which is why they fossilize.
- Sharks have a special organ called the Ampullae of Lorenzini. This organ is compromised of small gel filled spots around the shark’s mouth, eyes and nose. The ampullae Of Lorenzini helps the shark detect electromagnetic fields and water temperature.
- Most sharks have excellent eyesight. They can see in color and in low light.
- Sharks have called the oceans home for 500 million years.
- The largest fish in the ocean is a shark! It’s the Whale Shark!
- Some sharks, like great whites, must swim continually to live. They must swim to move water over their gills. Other sharks, like nurse sharks, have spiracles that move the water over their gills. Spiracles allow the shark to lay still on the ocean floor.
- Some sharks can go through 35,000 teeth in a lifetime. Those teeth are in rows similar to a conveyer belt; when one falls out, the new one moves forward.
- Not all sharks have teeth though- those large whale sharks eat plankton that they filter.
- Giving birth is different for different species of sharks! Some sharks lay eggs (oviparous) called mermaid purses. Some sharks incubate the eggs inside their bodies and give live birth (ovoviviparity). And some sharks have a placental organ that attached to the egg and they give live birth (viviparity).
Wow! Sharks are such diverse and amazing creatures- you could spend a whole summer at camp just talking about these fantastic fish, sadly we only have a week! Any guess on some of the species will meet in the next few days?
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There’s an Octopus in Your Coconut
We’re meeting a neat little octopus today during Cephalopod Week! These little invertebrates are called the Coconut Octopus- can you guess why?
COCONUT FUN FACTS:
- These octopus are not very big- usually around 6 inches long.
- They are known to find coconuts and shells and use them to hide in.
- They are also 1 of 2 species of octopus known to walk (yes- walk on the ocean floor) with 2 arms (bipedal). This happens when the octopus uses their other arms to carry their preferred hiding mechanism.
- Scientists also consider their use of shells and coconuts tool use. They are using them to protect themselves.
- These carnivores eat clams, shrimp and crabs.
- They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
We love these amazing animals. Octopus are known for their intelligence and to learn that some of them are tool users is even cooler.
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Hello Sea Snails
After our boat ride – we met a little creature buried in the sand right at the waves line of the beach. It’s amazing what you’ll find when you are looking. These snails have great shells and again have cow in their name! Do we see a theme here at camp so far? Hehehehe!
Meet the Atlantic Deer Cowrie
- These cowries are one of the largest species of cowries and grow up to 7 1/2 inches.
- These herbivores eat algae.
- Cowries constantly clean their shells keeping them shiny.
- Keeping their shells so shiny and smooth keeps barnacles and sponges from attaching.
- Cowries are marine gastropods, or snails.
- They have no operculum- a trap door or covering.
- They have few predators, but some octopus can drill through the shell!
We love looking for shells on the shore. The rule is campers may take shells that have no animals in them. We’ll be learning more about shells at camp later! What’s your favorite shell to find on the beach?
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Camp E&E Info
Hello! We are so excited to have everyone join us this summer! We’re going to spend most of our time at Camp E&E by the sea this summer! First we want to go over some rules for all campers:
- Be courteous & kind to all your fellow campers and animals.
- Bring your reusable water and coffee mugs with you.
- Leave all habitats the way you found them. Pick up all trash.
- When packing for picnics, bring your reusable napkins, utensils and sandwich bags.
- When visiting the beach at night, no pictures or lights are allowed. You must only use a red flashlight to not distract nesting sea turtles.
- Campers may collect shells as long as they are empty.
- Please do not feed wild animals.
- Enjoy all activities and have fun!
We are so excited to meet our animal friends next week along with sharing stories, making s’mores by the campfire and making new friends! What are you most excited about?
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Hello dear fans and readers,
I wanted to introduce myself. Hi- I’m Stacey. I am the sole writer and runner of Ellie and Edmond. I wanted to share a little more behind the scenes here at HQ. This past summer and fall have been difficult, as my father became ill and passed. As we begin to move forward, I took some time to re-evaluate Ellie and Edmond and the site.
I have a full time job on top of working on art and making jewelry and Ellie & Edmond. Running 3 separate businesses can be overwhelming. And as much as I love animals and educating others, keeping up with the site had become more of a chore than a joy. This past 3 months has been a good sebatical and a good time to reflect on the goals of the site and for Ellie and Edmond. It has been a good time for me to renew my love for this little horse and elephant.
Starting Nov 12th, we will be back with all new posts, in a whole new format. My hope is share more of Ellie and Edmond’s personality while we educate you about animals and conservation. I hope to jazz up the website around the beginning of the new year too.
Thank you for your patience during our absence. And thank you for your support and love over the years. I have one request, we need to get our name out there more. So please, share your love of E&E on your pages, social media sites and with friends and family.
Stacey, Ellie & Edmond
and everyone at HQs
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One Big Weasel
We are meeting a local here of the woods at Lake Salamander- the largest member of the weasel family- the wolverine. We are lucky to know one too, there aren’t many in these parts.
Wolverine Fun Facts:
- Wolverines are solitary. They live in a large territory. A male shares his territory with several females.
- These predators are known to eat some vegetation and berries in the summer, but they are carnivores.
- They can grow up to 42 inches long and weigh up to 55lbs. Males are larger than females.
- Wolverines have thick fur coats that are water and frost resitant.
- They are sometimes called the skunk bear because of the musky scent these use to mark their territory with.
- The wolverine’s main predator is the grey wolf.
- They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
These animals are known for their tenacity. They have been known to steal carrion from larger animals than themselves.
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We are meeting our last animal here in China- probably the most iconic one. The Giant Panda is close to our heart. These funny bears call just a few zoos home and we have been lucky enough to have a pair and their offspring right down the road from HQs at Zoo Atlanta. Let’s learn more about these national symbols of China.
Giant Panda Fun Facts:
- Giant pandas live in bamboo forests in the mountains of China.
- That bamboo makes up 99% of their diet. That’s right, these carnivores eat a mostly herbivore diet, with the occasional fish or protein.
- Because bamboo is not very nutritional, pandas can eat 20-40 pounds a day.
- They have an elongated wrist bone called a pseudo-thumb (fake thumb), that helps them hold bamboo.
- Pandas grow up to 5 feet long and can weigh up to 100 lbs.
- Females give birth to little pink cubs whose eyes and ears are closed when they are born.
- Those cubs stay with their mom for about a year and a half.
- Pandas are excellent climbers.
- Fossils of giant pandas ancestors have been found that are 1-2 million years old.
- They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
These funny bears are one of our favorites. Their unusual markings make them a favorite with many people! They have a big fan club! One of our favorite comics is all about pandas- it’s called Your Brain On Pandas! Check it out!
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We spent the last few days snorkeling in and around the reefs around these magically islands. We met so many spectacular animals and we are sharing one with you today!
Spotted Moray Eel:
- Spotted morays can grow up to 6 ft long and weigh up to 5 1/2 lbs.
- These carnivores eat fish, mollusks and crustaceans.
- Spotted morays have two sets of jaws. The first set is in the front of their mouths. The second set is in the esophagus. The second set of jaws grabs the prey and pushes it down the throat.
- They have poor eyesight. They use their excellent sense of smell to locate prey.
- They are nocturnal.
- Typically spotted morays are nocturnal.
- They are listed as Threatened by the ICUN.
We had a blast snorkeling and it was even more special to meet the shy and elusive eels. They love to hide among the coral and in crevices in the rocks!
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That is Not a Pig!
We went in search a small ungulant today! What is an ungulant you ask? Ungulant are animals that have hooves- like Edmond! We were looking to meet a collared peccary. These mammals look like pigs, but they are only distantly related. Let’s learn more about them.
Collared Peccary Fun Facts:
- Collared peccarys grow up to 5 ft long and weigh up to 60 lbs.
- These herbivores eat plants, fruits, nuts and small invertebrates.
- They live in small family groups.
- Collared peccarys have sharp tusks that face downward. They use these to protect themselves from predators.
- They also give off a strong musky odor when threatened.
- These diurnal animals spend their nights in burrows.
- They are also called the javelina.
These funny looking animals are so cute! Have you ever heard of them? It’s fun to learn about all new animals!
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