Author Archives: Cherilyn Jose

Children’s Book Review: On Kiki’s Reef by Carol L. Malnor and illustrated by Trina L. Hunner

On Kiki’s Reef (Dawn Publications, 2014) is a delightful children’s picture book about the life cycle of a sea turtle. Along the way, Kiki meets animals on a coral reef. This book is aimed at lower elementary school grades (4-8 … Continue reading

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Blue-Green Bacteria (Prochlorococcus) are Most Abundant Photosynthesizing Biomass on Earth

That’s right, a bacterium called Prochlorococcus marinus, is the most plentiful photosynthesizing biomass on Earth. There are a billion billion billion (or trillion trillion) Prochlorococci in all the world’s oceans. It’s not a plant (though it has chlorophyll like them), … Continue reading

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European Eel Life Cycle

Hi, I’m a European eel. I was born in the Sargasso Sea. The Sargasso Sea is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, due east of Bermuda. I use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate, a sixth sense of sorts. When … Continue reading

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Plastic Bits are Food? An Anchovy’s Perspective…

Anchovies can smell plastic pieces in the ocean and mistake them for food. Plastic bits or food-they all smell the same to me. Hi, I’m Annie, and I’m an anchovy. You may have seen my colleagues in a tin can … Continue reading

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10 Fabulous Facts About the Blue Footed Booby

The blue footed what? The blue-footed booby is a marine bird. Don’t miss the blue footed booby mating dance video link below! Here are 10 Fabulous Facts About the Blue Footed Booby: 1. The male shows off his blue feet … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts About Great White Sharks

1. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the oceans. 2. Their scientific name Carcharodon carcharias means ragged tooth. 3. The largest great white sharks recorded were over 20 feet long (6.1 m) and weighed over 5,000 pounds … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Review: If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

If Sharks Disappeared, is written and illustrated by Lily Williams, and published by Roaring Brook Press. It is a much needed book about sharks. There are numerous children’s books about sharks, but not many show sharks in a positive light. … Continue reading

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10 Interesting Facts About the Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish

The fish so nice they named it twice! 1. Mola mola are known because of their unusual shape: an upright flattened disk, tapered top and bottom fins between body and tail, and small black eyes halfway between its small pectoral … Continue reading

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Coral Reef Bleaching—Why the Great Barrier Reef is in Trouble

Why are the corals on the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia bleaching? Why is coral bleaching important? First a little background on corals. Hi, I’m Polly, a coral polyp. The animal you think of as “coral” is actually made … Continue reading

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The Journey of One Drop of Water

This blog post won first place in the 2017 San Mateo County Fair Literary Contest for best blog entry! Hi, I am one drop of water. I am made of many molecules that contain two hydrogen atoms connected to an … Continue reading

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Book Preview of “If Sharks Disappeared” and Interview with Author Lily Williams

I was excited to come across this four minute long animated documentary, FINconceivable, about what happens if sharks disappear from the oceans. It is by Lily Williams and I would like to share it with you. link to FINconceivable I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Manatee Rescue by Nicola Davies

“Manatee Rescue” by Nicola Davies (Candlewick Press, 2015) is a middle grade (grades 4-8) children’s book about a rescued baby manatee in the Amazon. In the backmatter, we find out that this book is based on a true-life story. There … Continue reading

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10 Fascinating Facts About Manatees

10 Fascinating Facts About Manatees 1. Manatees, despite being called “sea cows” are related to elephants! 2. Besides weighing a lot (1000 pounds or 454 kilograms, more or less), both elephants and manatees have fingernails. 3. Manatees like warm water … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tilikum’s Dream by Tracey Lynn Coryell

Tilikum’s Dream (Eifrig Publishing, 2015) is a rhyming children’s book about Tilikum, a killer whale, who recently died (January 6, 2017) in his concrete pool of 21 years at Sea World. It is written by Tracey Lynn Coryell and illustrated … Continue reading

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Moana Movie Review-Is it Appropriate for Young Children?

“Moana” is a coming-of-age story of a girl from a South Pacific island called Motunui. She is the daughter of her village’s chief. She is chosen by the ocean (and guided by her grandmother) to return the green stone heart … Continue reading

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