Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Species and Habitats

Walt describe difference habitats in New Zealand and species that live in them.
WALT describe different habitats in New Zealand and species that live in them.
Success Criteria:
  1. Write an introduction
  2. Write a paragraph describing each creature and the habitat
  3. Write a conclusion
  4. Add detail about the habitat eg
    1. Plants, landscape, temperature, weather, animals living there
  5. Add detail about the creatures eg
    1. Appearance
    2. Size
    3. Species they belong to
    4. Diet
    5. If endangered
  6. Use detail and descriptive words

I have created a New Zealand marine habitat and included 3 creatures that live there: one endemic, one native, and one one introduced.

The Bigeye Yellow and Black Snapper
The endemic animal is a Bigeye Yellow and Black Snapper, it is a cold blooded Fish. The species that it belongs to is the snapper
Family, and  it belongs in the marine waters because it has fins and it can only survive in water. Snapper can grow up to 40 cm and weigh up to 50 kg. Another fact about a snapper is that it can live for more than 50 years. The main food that a snapper fish eats is baby snapper and little tiny fish. The Bigeye Yellow and Black Snapper is a Carnivore, which means that they are meat - eaters. Bigeye Yellow and Black Snapper are also known as (Lutjanus lutjanus). It is also known as the Yellow snapper, the Golden Striped Snapper and the  Rosy Snapper.
The Hectors Dolphin
The native animal is a Hector’s dolphin. The length of the Hector's dolphin is 1.2 - 1.6 meters long, it is one of the smallest marine dolphins in the world. They are the only dolphins in New Zealand with a rounded black dorsal fin. Their bodies are a distinctive grey, with white and black markings and a short snout. Hector's dolphins feed mostly in small groups. They feed both at the water surface and at the bottom. They eat a variety of fish including squid, red cod, flatfish and yellow-eyed mullet.

The Sea Lion
The introduced species that I chose is a sea lion. Adult sea lions eat squid, crustaceans, molluscs, and a variety of fish; including, rockfish, herring, flounder, salmon, hake, and the sand lance is another word for sand eel. A sea lion’s diet is often the food it can find around them. Sea lion’s need to stay under water because their bubbler will over heat. The bubbler is the seal's nose or nostril.  The sea lion’s bubbler is just under its nose so when it breathes bubbles will come out of its nose.

All of these animals have all adapted to the New Zealand marine waters and live in the marine habitat around NZ .

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