It's been another one of those weeks. I'll have a post soon -- but in the meantime, I'm turning this over to a guest author: My daughter, who wrote a really informative report about a field trip to a Southern California treasure: The Cabrillo Marine Museum.
On April 20th I went to Cabrillo Marine Museum. I learned that a starfish, or sea star, does not have two eyes, but five! One eye on each leg. It has one mouth as we do. I do not know if it has a nose or not so I shall not include that. The sea star also has a rough surface.
The anemone has a flowery base. When you touch the base the somewhat "petals" stick to your finger. Our tour guide said that it was sticky because the anemone was trying to sting us but couldn't because our skin was so thick. She also told us not to put our finger into the center of the anemone because that was his butt. We all listened to her because we did not want to put our finger there.
On the beach we went bird watching and hunting for crabs in the waves. We saw so many birds such as cormorant, crows, seagulls, and many more. To see the birds we used special binoculars. Using the binoculars, I looked at the ocean. While I was thinking about how beautiful it was, I saw a whale. It was amazing. It came up showing its back, then slapping down its tail, making a huge splash. When we were hunting for crabs none of us found any. All we found were rocks and shells. Maggie and I started digging in the sand. She was digging while I built a moat around it to keep out the ocean water. We took all our findings and put them in a bucket. The tour guide showed us what she had found. She was the only one who had found a crab.
In the museum we talked about pollution; that the pollution comes from people and goes into the sewer or the storm drain. The storm drain is a hole in the side of the street with two bars. The bars are for keeping out trash. The sewer is the place where all of the water from our house goes. The difference between a storm drain and a sewer is that a sewer is cleaned twice and a storm drain is not cleaned at all. Just because the sewer is cleaned does not mean that it is trash-free. These are only attempts to clean it. Always some trash gets in. Another way of pollution is littering on the beach. If you go to the beach after a storm, all the trash on the beach is in the ocean. This is extremely bad for the animals. Our tour guide said the worst trash is balloons. They fly above the ocean and they pop and look like a jellyfish. The turtles will eat this, then will not feel hungry. They would starve themselves like this an it is not pleasant. That is what I learned about pollution.
That is all about my trip to Cabrillo Marine Museum.