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Sharky Shark Shark

Sharky Shark Shark

We strapped on our snorkel equipment to go exploring! We spotted so many fish, but we were most excited to see the black tip reef shark! These sleek predators are common inhabitants of the reef!

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Date: 5/3

Location: Raja Ampat Islands

Black Tip Reef Shark Fun Facts:

  • Blacktip Reef Sharks are the most common shark in coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Blacktip reef sharks have streamlined bodies with black color on the tips of their fins.
  • They are powerful are strong and quick swimmers.

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  • Blacktip reef sharks must swim to breath. The motion moves the water over their gills that extract oxygen from the water.
  • They can be curious of divers.

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Blacktip reef sharks are fast! They are very important in their coral reef habitats, because they’re apex predators (top of the food chain). Blacktip reef sharks look so sleek and smooth! Do you think they feel that way? Nope- they feel like sandpaper! Neat, huh?

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It’s a Ray! It’s a Bat Ray!

It’s a Ray! It’s a Bat Ray!

We wrapped up our last day on the west coast diving and we found this amazing ray. Rays are such graceful and neat fish and we were super excited to meet the bat ray!

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Date: 1/26

Location: Kelp forest

Bat Ray Fun Facts:

  • Bat rays belong in the eagle ray family.
  • They use their pectoral fins to swim and to stir-up sand and reveal prey.
  • When these rays “dig” out holes from the sand, they leave holes that other fish, like the horn shark use to hide in.
  • Bat rays have strong crushing plates that they use to crush hard shells.

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  • Bat rays give live birth. The pups have the venomous spine, but it is soft and covered in a sheath to protect the mother.
  • Bat rays have spiracles that move water over their gills when they are resting on the ocean floor.
  • Bat rays are mostly solitary.

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Wow! We so enjoyed watching the rays swim so gracefully in the waters just off the coast! We couldn’t have picked a better last day! We did miss many animals though; that just means we’ll have to come back! For now, we’ll head back to our HQs at the University and get our things back for the Serengeti! That’s right, we’re going to Africa and back to Ellie’s home! We are so excited!!!

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One Swell Shark

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 :)!

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Date: 1/18

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.

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  • 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.

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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!

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We Go Diving in the Galapagos

We Go Diving in the Galapagos

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Date: 10/19

Location: Galapagos Islands

  • These smaller sharks get their names from the white tips on their dorsal fins and tail fins.

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  • 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.

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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!

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SHARK STICK PUPPET!

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!

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Materials:

  1. Scissors
  2. Blue or grey felt
  3. White stiff felt
  4. White soft felt
  5. Felt glue
  6. white pom pom or googly eye
  7. marker
  8. popsicle sticks
  9. shark pattern (below)

 

Instructions:

  • Print and cut out pattern.
  • Then cut out one shark from the blue or grey felt and one from the stiff white felt.

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  • Glue the two sharks together.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Once the sticks are dry! You can have a puppet show with your shark! Make sure you give him a nice clean ocean habitat!

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There you have it! Our shark stick puppet craft! Enjoy making yours and share it with us!

Printable shark pattern

Printable shark pattern

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GUESS THE SHARK!

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!

Shark A!

Shark A!

 

Shark B!

Shark B!

 

Shark C!

Shark C!

 

 

 

 

 

Shark A:

Bull 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.

 

Shark B:
Lemon shark!
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.

 

Shark C:
Tiger shark!

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!

 

 

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C is for Cookie- Cookie Cutter Shark!

C is for Cookie- Cookie Cutter Shark!

Today we’re meeting a bizarre little shark today! We sure wouldn’t get to close to this crazy critter! Best to look from a distance campers!

  • Cookie cutter sharks can grow up to 22 inches.
  • They live in deep tropical waters world wide- especially near islands.
  • They are carnivores. They eat fish, marine mammals and even other sharkrs.
  • They are listed as least concern by IUCN.

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  • Cookie cutter sharks are members of dogfish family.
  • Cookie cutter sharks have light emitting photophores on it’s underside to blend in with moonlight.
  • They also have a bioluminescent collar that can flash & may help them attract prey.
  • They are famous for the cone shaped chunks it takes out of its prey- including larger sharks, marine mammals and fish.
  • Their famous bite marks have been seen on submarines and underwater cables.
  • Cookie cutter sharks  have lower teeth that are long, sharp and triangular shaped. There have 25-31 teeth on the bottom row of their mouth.
  • They travel in schools.
  • Cookie cutter sharks were discovered in the 1800s, but the strange bite marks were not attributed to the little sharks until the 1970s.

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    Aren’t they the craziest looking creatures ever? We think so! What’s your favorite crazy looking shark?

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Meet a Megamouth!

Meet a Megamouth!

Who’s excited for our last week of Camp E&E at the beach!? We are- because it’s SHARK WEEK!! Woohoo! We’re going to meet some super cool shark friends and have a nifty shark craft this week as we wrap things up on the coast! So let’s head off to meet our first super large shark friend- megamouth!

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Megamouth Shark Fun Facts:

  •  Megamouth sharks live in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • They are carnivores. They are filter feeders and eat krill and plankton.
  • They can grow up to 18 feet long and weigh up to 1,740 lbs.
  • Their status is listed as unknown by the IUCN.
  •  Megamouth sharks were discovered in 1976.
  •  Humans have only seen about 61 individuals.
  •  They live in deep waters!
  •   Megamouth sharks have small dorsal fins.
  •   They feed at the surface at night.
  •   They have a luminescent stripe around their mouth to attract prey.
  •   Megamouth shark mouths can reach a width of up to 4 feet across.

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Megamouth sharks are amazing! Can you imagine that we’ve only known about them in the last 30 years? The oceans are full of so many animals that we haven’t even discovered! Oceans- the last frontier!

 

 

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O WOE IS WOBBEGONG!

O WOE IS WOBBEGONG!

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 We love wobbegong sharks- in fact they may be one of our favorites! We have a wonderful poem about the wobbegong along with a coloring sheet! Enjoy! Make sure you check out our Instagram and Facebook pages- we have a groovy shark we have a groovy shark video to wrap up shark week!

O Woe is Wobbegong

O woe is me the wobbegong!
I lay here on the ocean floor!
I have fringe on my face called barbels.
They are not useful for picking up marbles.

O woe is me the wobbegong!
I am a shark don’t get me wrong.
I blend in with the sand and rocks.
I have fins so no need for socks!

O woe is me the wobbegong!
Laying here singing my sad song.
I don’t have to swim to breathe;
I have spiracles- nifty, see?

O woe is me the wobbegong!
My jaws and teeth are very strong.
I lie and wait until I see…
A fish!
Chomp!

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CAT! SHARK! CATSHARK!!

 CAT! SHARK! CATSHARK!

We’ve really enjoyed Alien Sharks during shark week! They spotlighted small and unknown sharks. There are over 500 species of sharks in our oceans and we usually only hear about the biggies: great whites, tigers, whale sharks, etc… Today we’re featuring a small shark found off the coast of the UK! Can you guess it’s name?

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MEET THE SMALL SPOTTED CATSHARK!

small spotted catshark   Range/Habitat: Eastern North Atlantic- Mediterranean/ ocean

   Diet: Carnivore: fish, mollusks

   Length/Weight: up to 3 ¼ ft/ 6 ½ lbs

   Conservation Status: common

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  • Small Spotted Catsharks are also known as the Lesser Spotted Catshark.    IMG_2959
  • Small spotted catsharks are the most common shark in Europe.
  • They have smooth skin.
  • They have spots to help them camouflage in with the ocean floor.
  • Female small spotted catsharks lay eggs called mermaids purses.

These little sharks are great! We love that shark eggs are called mermaid purses– learn more about those from Professor Tamandua! Do you have a favorite not so well know shark?

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Answer: true

 

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