Fish, Mammals, or Birds?
The third grade class has been working on the classification of animals according to their characteristics. What better way to learn and have fun doing it, than by going to see many different animals that fit into our latest categories of fish, mammals, and birds!
We saw many fish that had very bright colors. There were a lot of fish that were pretty small.
We learned that some fish have what's called symbiotic relationships with other creatures in the ocean. One example we saw was a clown fish hiding in an anemone. The anemone protects the clown fish from predators and the clown fish drops some of its food into the anemone to eat. That makes them both pretty happy.
We also saw some fish that were not so brightly colored. And, boy, were they big!
We walked on and came to a display of birds. They all had wings but didn't use them to fly. They used them to swim!
While birds are warm-blooded, these birds didn't look very warm.
Some people who work at the aquarium came out to feed the penguins. Guess what the penguins were eating? They were eating fish!
We thought these two penguins liked each other.
Last of all we found quite a few mammals at the aquarium. They are warm-blooded, also. It's a good thing that they can stay warm, because the water they were swimming in was pretty cold.
People are warm-blooded mammals but we would not want to swim outside in November!
This mother and baby seal looked like they had a close relationship.
So did this baby dolphin and his mother.....