HURON — Fourth-grade students in Ann Blondheim’s class at the Washington 4-5 Center wrote about their favorite sea creatures.
Blondheim shared two of the student’s papers, as well as the drawing of sea turtles.
Black Spotted Piranhas
By Chase Clover
Did you know that black spotted piranhas live in a school of fish? A school of fish is like a herd of cows. They are very dangerous. They could eat a person in 10 seconds — bones and all! I would not want to run into them on a swim.
Piranhas are meat eaters or carnivores. They would eat an animal getting a drink of water. They would eat another fish. These piranhas eat anything that moves. Some people call piranhas little demons.
Piranhas live in South American lakes and rivers. Piranhas prefer murky water. Murky water is dirty water. They choose that because it is better for hunting so they cannot see while their prey is being hunted.
Piranhas grow to 11 inches long. They can swim 20 miles per hour. Their speed helps them hunt their prey. So does the size. They are super vicious.
Piranhas have many natural predators, such as river dolphins, crocodiles, turtles, birds, and larger fish.
I enjoyed writing about piranhas. I learned things I did not know.
Green Sea Turtles
By Claire Davis
What is your favorite kind of turtle? Mine is the green sea turtle. So that is what I’m going to write about.
Turtle’s diets consist of sea grasses and algae. Imagine just eating sea grasses and algae for the rest of your life. This species is the only herbivorous sea turtle. Young turtles feed on pelagic vegetation. The range and habitat of a green sea turtle occurs all over the world — in Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. The green sea turtle’s habitat is found in tropical and subtropical waters, often in coastal areas and around remote ocean islands.
Have you ever wondered what the average size of the green sea turtle? Well they average in weight from 300 to 500 pounds (130-160kg). It also reaches approximately 3 feet in length. A green sea turtle hatchling is about 2 inches (5cm) long and weighs 0.05 ounces (25g).
I hope you like reading this passage as much as I liked writing it. I think green sea turtles are very cool.
P.S. Most of this information came from Google Aquarium.