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Tom the Tiger goes to the Aquarium

on March 27, 2012

Hey Kids! How are you? I am doing great! I am having a great time here in Washington DC this week.  Before I tell you about what I got to do this week, I want to answer Jamie’s questions about what the Secret Service policemen look like. Here they are!

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These are the secret service men who protect the driveway to the White House.They were nice enough to talk to me about how much they love their job. 

So, guess what I got to do this week? I got to go to the National Aquarium! I got to see all kinds of cool things and I want to share them with you.  The National Aquarium is a big building that is underground.  Inside the building there are all kinds of animals that you would find in the ocean, rivers and lakes all around the world. We took a bunch of pictures so I am going to show them to you and explain them as I go!

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This is a spotted sting ray. It lives in the ocean around islands, especially in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.  Even though the name Sting Ray sounds scary, they are actually harmless.

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This is a coral reef, a place where lots of fish live in the ocean. The coral reef is actually a living organism that has thousands of tiny animals living all throughout.

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This is a picture of me with the fish from finding Nemo, or at least with Dori from finding Nemo!

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This is a picture of a starfish, in the background, and an anemone, at front, both animals that live in the ocean.  An anemone is special because fish can live inside it and around it for protection.

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This is a Lion Fish. Can you guess why they call it that?

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This is a picture of a fish you might find in the Caribbean Sea.

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Have you ever heard of a puffer fish? Well this is what a puffer fish looks like when is puffs up. normally a puffer fish is small. But it can make itself big, or puffed up, in order to scare away predators, or fish that want to eat it. 

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This is a special animal called a Nautilus. The Nautilus is an animal that lives in a shell and swims by using its tentacles.  It will live in one single shell until it dies, and then shed its shell for people to collect.

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This is a Tiger shark. He was kind of hiding in the corner, but you can still see him. Can you guess why he is called a Tiger shark?

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This is a Snapping Turtle. You can find these types of turtles in rivers and lakes near our town!

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And speaking of turtles these are all pictures of baby sea turtles, just like Crush and Squirt in Finding Nemo! The National Aquarium has a program, kind of like a school, where they house baby sea turtles until they are big enough and smart enough to go back into the ocean.  Right now they have three baby sea turtles.

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Jellyfish! Even though they look harmless, Jellyfish can be very harmful if you step on them or get stung by them in the ocean.

Finally, these last pictures are things you might find in or around rivers instead of the ocean.

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That’s an albino alligator. They live in swamps and are very rare because there are not many of them left in the world.  Because they are bright white, they cannot blend into their surroundings and so it is easier for predators to find them. 

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This is a green tree boa constrictor, a snake that lives in the Amazon.  They are very dangerous and usually hard to find because they look like the trees they live in.

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And finally, can you find the frog? Here’s a hint he has yellow eyes. He lives in the Amazon too.

Well that we my trip to the national Aquarium. I hope you liked all of the pictures! Hope you all have a great week, and remember if you have any questions, just ask!

 

 

 

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