FC: Ocean Life | Created by Mrs. Nicole Dipyatic
1: Oceans are a critical part of our survival on Earth. They make up over 70% of the earth and are home to the most creatures of any habitat. Without them, we would not be able to survive. Let's take a closer look at why they are so important, some of the animals that live there, and ways that we can help to protect the oceans and the creatures that call the ocean their home.
2: Oceans are a major part of the water cycle. Ocean water evaporates, forms clouds, and brings rain to all of our plants and animals, including drinking water for us. It provides water for plants and animals in other habitats, too.
3: Another important thing that the ocean does is produce much of the oxygen that both humans and animals need to survive.
4: The ocean is home to many fascinating creatures. Near the shore, many different species of animals live, including ones that we are familiar with like different types of fish, crabs and lobsters, whales and dolphins, sharks, jellyfish, squids, turtles and many others.
5: Some animals, like dolphins, whales, and turtles must come to the surface of the ocean to breathe air. They cannot stay under the water for long periods of time. | Most ocean animals can breathe underwater through gills. These animals do not need to come up for air and would not be able to survive out of water for very long.
6: While most of the animals that we are familiar with are found near the shore, there are many other species found in the very far depths of the ocean, where it is hard for us to see and study them. | Scientists are working to discover many new species of fish and other animals that are found in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean.
7: Since most of the animals we know from the ocean live near the shore, they are in danger from pollution. | Pollution is created from humans and includes things such as oil spills, trash dumping, and air pollution from cars and factories. Also, sewage, runoff of fertilizers from farming, and wearing certain types of sunscreen when swimming at the beach are all causing the ocean habitat to decline.
8: Ocean pollution not only harms the ocean habitat, but it is very dangerous for all of the animals that live there. | Many ocean animals have become endangered due to large amounts of pollution in the ocean.
9: Knowing what we can do to help protect our oceans is important for the animals that live there to be able to survive. | Doing activities like recycling plastic bottles and cans, and throwing away trash properly are steps you can take to help reduce pollution. Although it may seem small, it can make a big difference!
10: Resources http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-habitat-destruction/ http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Types_of_Ocean_Pollution http://www.earthskids.com/ek_science-marine.htm Photo Credits Cover: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Aquarium_in_HK_Ocean_Park.jpg Page 1: http://www.public-domain-image.com/nature-landscape/waves/slides/waves-at-ocean-beach.jpg Page 2: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Rain_ot_ocean_beach.jpg
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