Thursday, June 6, 2013

Exploring the Ocean's Less-Familiar Inhabitants pt. 2

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my website. Unlike most weeks, I don't have many updates today, but an update is an update, so I'll reveal it before we get to today's non-fiction article.

I hope you enjoyed my latest episode of the stop-motion series I'm working on called, "Planet of the Dinosaurs: Out of Africa". The next episode is "Planet of the Dinosaurs: The Tropical Poles". Now as the name suggests, this episode takes place in the polar regions of our world - the Arctic (what will become Alaska to be precise) and Antarctic. You might wonder how dinosaurs could live on these now cold and frozen places, but did you know they didn't used to be that way? Before Noah's Flood, which happened about 4,350 years ago, Antarctica wasn't in the same place it is today, it was closer to the equator and both the Arctic and Antarctic had a tropical climate. During the Ice Age is when these continents turned cold. Anyway, "The Tropical Poles" is about 55% complete. I hope to finish it by the end of this month.

Now it's time for my friend, Joy's latest article. I hope you enjoy it:

Today we will talk about predatory tunicates and the moon jellyfish. Last time, we learned about the transparent sea cucumber, who uses a surprise retreat and a glass squid, who can have no shadow! The moon jellyfish, like most jellyfish, sting with their tentacles to catch it's prey and to protect themselves from predators. Jellyfish are unique though, different most other invertebrates. God made jellyfish, such as the moon jellyfish 98% water! That's right, 98% of this guy is water, that's seems almost unbelievable. It also has no brain, I can't imagine being without one. That jellyfish sure doesn't have any imagination or dreams at night (LOL). The moon jellyfish live together with a smock or family of other another type of jellyfish. There are over 200 different shapes and colors of the moon jellyfish! What color would a water-filled jellyfish be? Why, it would be transparent of course!

A pair of moon jellies
The Predatory Tunicates are almost like Venus Flytraps underwater. It's got the easiest to do list: 1. Open mouth 2: close mouth 3. Repeat process. The tunicates anchor themselves to the ground and then wait for food to center its mouth by current. Pretty smart and a little boring if you know what I mean. Guess what else the steady current that's from top to bottom of the tunicates keep it from having the world's worst head ache (LOL)! Stay tune for Barreleyes, the fish looking frozen in time, in two weeks!

A Predatory Tunicates, the Venus Flytrap of the Sea!
I hope liked Joy's article. Tune in next week when hopefully, I'll have some more updates. By for now!

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