Won­ders of the deep

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OUR young readers love the un­der­wa­ter world. They share many in­ter­est­ing facts about sea crea­tures in the topic, Un­der­wa­ter World.

“There are thou­sands of dif­fer­ent types of fish and beau­ti­ful corals in the sea. The big­gest mam­mal in the world is the blue whale,” writes seven.

“The heart of a shrimp is lo­cated in its head. Sea sponges have no head, mouth, lungs, yet they are alive. Oys­ters can change gen­der when­ever they want to. Dol­phins sleep with one eye open, and with half their brain awake so that they can keep a look­out for preda­tors,” writes 10.

nine, says: “An oc­to­pus has three hearts and the colour of its blood is blue. Sea horses are the only an­i­mals in which the male gives birth and care for the young. Tur­tles live on ev­ery con­ti­nent ex­cept on An­tar­tica.”

10, writes: “Sea horses, sharks, dol­phins, whales and sea urchins are among the sea crea­tures. Male sea horses have a spe­cial pouch to store eggs.”

10, says: “Most fish lurk in the brighter parts of the wa­ter. But strange- look­ing fish live in the deeper parts of the sea. Crea­tures such as oc­to­pus, crabs and eels live on the seabed. The un­der­wa­ter world is an ex­cit­ing place.”

“If I had the chance to dive into the sea, I would like to swim with the an­gler­fish, great white shark and whales. I love to see whales flip their bod­ies and cre­ate big splashes in the wa­ter. I like an­gler­fish be­cause it is spiky with a bright light on top of its head,” says

eight. “Some wild dol­phins play catch with co­conuts. Risso’s dol­phins can hold their breath for 30 min­utes. Just like hu­mans, dol­phins

Ryan Ai­den Wil­son, Hazel Lim Zhan, Gabriella Koong Elysse, Bethany Hema Bala, Choong Cheng Liang, Annabelle Wong Yu Xuan,

have one set of teeth which lasts a life­time,” says 11.

“I would like to ex­plore the un­der­wa­ter world be­cause there are many sea crea­tures such as fish, oc­to­pus and sea horses,” says

12.

Finna Tan, Bryan Wong,

12, writes: “There are many crea­tures in the sea such as sharks, corals and fish. My favourite crea­ture is the mega­lodon. It is an ex­tinct species of shark that is said to be larger than the great white shark.”

eight, says: “The squid has three hearts. A dol­phin has 100 cone- shaped teeth.”

“Puffer­fish swal­lows wa­ter to turn big to avoid be­ing eaten by other fish. The starfish can grow a whole new body from just one arm,” says 12.

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