By Kendall Haven
The sounds of an anaconda slithering alongside the steamy jungle flooring looking for prey; a lion's breath rippling in the course of the dry savannah grass because it crouches, ready to spring; the frantic thrashing of a seal pup's tail because it recoils from the vicious assault of a tiger shark-these are a part of the common drama of the animal international and day-by-day occasions while lethal predators come nose to nose with their prey. This publication comprises 15 intriguing stories which are full of actual medical info. scholars will thrill to the dramatic, spine-tingling debts of traditional predators within the wild. As they learn the tales, they're going to know about some of the world's ecosystems from tropical rain forests to the Arctic tundra, from African watering holes to the Pacific reef, from Siberian forests to the Midwest prairie. each one tale is by way of feedback for study and different actions. References on predators and ecosystems also are indexed.
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Dolphins use a similar sonar system for detecting nearby objects, as do submarines. The pattern of returning pings describes a large, soft, moving mass, perhaps a tight-packed school of fish. To the mother whale, the pings describe dinner. Page 8 The giant squid senses the impending collision, the impact, before the mother whale. With high-pressure jet siphons it spins in a tight circle, its arrow-shaped tail to the rear, deadly arms and beak to the attack. Before the sperm whale can open her jaw and roll slightly into feeding position, the immense bodies collide, she speeding downward at 18 miles an hour, the squid racing up at 20.
More territorial than most sharks, the tiger often lays claim to a reef for the whole winter, becoming a true nomad only in the summer. By current estimates there are over a billion sharks in the world, divided among over 300 species. They range from the smallest dwarf shark, at six inches in length, to the whale shark, at over 50 feet. Sharks have swum the seas since before the earliest dinosaur set foot on land. Only a dozen species of shark are truly dangerous to man. The great white shark is the most famous and accounts for more attacks on humans than any other.
See your librarian for additional titles available at your local library. Arnold, Caroline. Watch Out for Sharks! New York: Clarion Books, 1991. Barrett, Norman. Sharks. New York: Franklin Watts, 1989. Berger, Gilda. Sharks. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1987. Blassingame, Wyatt. Wonders of Sharks. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1984. Blumberg, Rhoda. Sharks. New York: Franklin Watts, 1976. Budker, Paul. The Life of Sharks. New York: Columbia University Press, 1971. Bunting, Eve. The Sea World Book of Sharks.
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