Abby/Eray Science Project
Green-Bodied Salamander, amphibian<br>This amphibian spends early life in water, and adult life on land, but they return to water to lay eggs. During the night, it burrows in the sand to stay warm. It eats the Giant Sand Krill that lives near the water. It uses the claws at the ends of its feet to dig them up out of the sand. It lives in the grass. It digs holes in the sand to collect water to lay its eggs, and in the morning, it brushes up against the damp grass to keep its skin moist. Its green color also helps keep it save from the Large-Billed Ocean Gull.
Short-Haired Tailless Rat; MammalThis mammal is a placental mammal that gives live birth. It is endothermic and is a vertebrate., and has mammary glands. It is an omnivore that eats th fish and krill that live off the coast, and plants that grow further up the beach. It uses its short legs to avoid predators such as the Large-Billed Ocean Gull, and the Green-Bodied Salamander. There aren't many places for it to live so they dig large tunnels in the sand, and they live in large colonies.
Giant Sand Krill; arthropod<br>The Giant Sand Krill lives just beneath the surface of the damp sand very near the shore. It eats and receives nutrients from the sand. It lays eggs above the sand so that the current can carry them to a different beach. They have and exoskeleton that can help protect them rom sharp rocks, and they occasionally shed their exoskeleton for a new one of they outgrow it.
Yellow Jointed Urchin; echinoderm<br>The Yellow Jointed Urchin lives in tide pools in rocks. It has a system of fluid filled tubes that make up its internal skeleton, and they have radial symmetry. The Yellow Jointed Urchin uses these fluid filled tubes to help it move towards its food, and it eats the plants and algae that grow on the rocks in the tide pools, and they are sensitive to light and touch. If something pokes it, all of its spines will turn towards the area that was poked, and it will shrink in size. Because it is sensitive to light, it is nocturnal. Its light sensitivity can help it to determine how deep it is underwater.
Rainbow Shelled-Fish; reptile/fish This unusual fish has both gills and lungs to breathe on land and water. It is an ectothermic vertebrate and uses fins to move. It comes out of the water to lay eggs, similar to a sea turtle on Earth. It is a cartilaginous fish, but has thick skin to help retain fresh water. It uses echolocation to find its food, mainly the Seven Tentacle Jellyfish, which it catches with its sharp beak. Its skin is too think to be harmed by the stinging cells of the jellyfish.
<div>Big-Billed Ocean Gull; bird The Big-Billed Ocean Gull likes to eat the Green Beach Salamanders, Seven Tentacle Jellyfish, and occasionally the Rainbow Shelled-Fish. It uses its large bill to scoop them up. If it catches a shelled fish, the bird will drop it down onto some sharp rocks to crack the shell open. It uses its wings to fly away from its predator, the Pouch-Sea Lion. It makes its nest on the beach out of grass and drift wood so it can lay its eggs. When its a baby it has lots of fluffy down to help keep it warm, but it loses its down, and grows long, sleek feathers as it gets older.</div>
<div>Pouch-Sea Lion; mammal This mammal is very unique because it is both a monotreme and a marsupial. Once it lays an egg, it puts it in its pouch until it hatches. Once the egg hatches, the pup will stay in the pouch until it's ready to go out on its own. This mammal uses its teeth to catch Big-Billed Ocean Gulls that fly too close to the surface of the water. It doesn't have many predators as an adult, but it needs to be careful because birds and shelled-fish will try to eat the pups. If another animal comes too close, the pup will swim into its pouch, and the mother will growl loudly to try and scare it away.</div>
<div>Grey Jellyfish; cnidarian</div><div><br></div><div>The Grey Jellyfish lives in the deep waters of the ocean, and eats the small plankton and microorganisms that float around in the water. It will also float upside down to absorb light so that algae can grow on its tentacles, which it will also eat. The jellyfish will lay eggs in the water, and the eggs will float until they get latched onto a rock, or some kelp. The egg will finish developing on the rock, and the baby jellyfish will hatch from the egg. The baby jellyfish starts off as so small, you almost can't see it, but it grow to be its full size, which is different for each jellyfish. </div>

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