Author Archives: Cherilyn Jose

10 Amazing Facts About Great White Sharks

1. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the oceans. 2. The great white shark’s scientific name Carcharodon carcharias means ragged tooth. 3. The largest great white sharks recorded were over 20 feet long (6.1 m) and weighed … 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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Hammerhead Sharks at Cocos Island

Ah, it feels great to swim around in a school of Hammerhead Sharks. My name is Sam. Here at Cocos Island, off of the shore of Costa Rica, I can roam free with hundreds of other hammerhead sharks. I used … Continue reading

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Finding Dory Movie Review by a Marine Biologist

Finding Dory was an immensely enjoyable movie, exactly what I expected from a Pixar/Disney movie. The short animated film shown before the movie, “Piper,” (about a baby shorebird) is worth the price of admission alone! Don’t miss it! I genuinely … Continue reading

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Humpback Whales Exhibit Altruistic Behavior Towards Other Animal Species

My name is Hunter, and I’m a Humpback Whale. One day I was feeding on krill in Antarctica. I noticed a pod of Orcas on the hunt. They had a poor Weddell Seal trapped on an ice floe. All they … Continue reading

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Guest Post-Bob Gorman and Reef Rescue: Five Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs

Most people think that there isn’t much you can do about what is happening in the environment. After all, you are just one person. Although you would like to help, what could you possibly do that governments and big companies … Continue reading

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Meet Cooper the Copepod & Learn About Microplastics

Hi! I’m Cooper the Copepod. What is a Copepod? Well, I am a tiny animal that is part of the plankton. Plankton are the microscopic plants and animals that make up the base of the food chain in the ocean. … Continue reading

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