The Big Gulper
In a galaxy far, far away called Ocean Park, you’ll find the Arapaima. The Arapaimas are air breathers and they go up to the surface every 5-15 minutes. They can do this because they have modified swim bladder functions like a lung and extract oxygen from the air. They grow to about 110cm long!
They incubate eggs inside their mouths and they attract babies by producing a special chemical. Unfortunately they are now becoming very rare because of hunting and also natural causes such as habitat loss and also drying up.
By Nathan, Aidan and Jamie
Gigantic Anaconda Writhing Restlessly Under Water
We saw the green Anaconda in Ocean Park, Hong Kong today. It had really large green scales and it was dozing underwater when we arrived. Then, it awoke and started writhing restlessly towards a rock. Maybe it was irritated by the changing climate outside?
Did you know that green anacondas are one of the most endangered snakes in the world? Green anacondas are gigantic amphibians. They can grow up to nine meters long – as tall as five basketball players! They feast on small mammals like rats and rabbits. The special thing about green anacondas is that they give live birth to their young rather than laying eggs! Isn’t that interesting? We hope to reveal more secrets about this mysterious amphibian over time!
By Daniel and Ailie
The Glowing Yellow Beak
“The sky’s getting dark….”
“Yeah, we should get going… But first let’s pass by the rainforest. I’ve heard there are many interesting animals there.”
Well, that was a horrible decision. When we got there, our vision was blind as a bat. The darkness almost covered everything. We were planning to go until…
“Hey, what is that?”
I turned my head to see nothing but a bright, puffed up, yellow beak floating in the air.
“Well that’s creepy..”
“That’s a… Cur-ra-sow? I recognise its unique beak.”
We saw a black feathered bird that lurked in the trees of the rainforest. Unlike other birds, the Curassow forages in the trees and on the ground. They are not carnivores, and mainly eat fruits and berries. That’s why the Curassow is recognised as a seed disperser.
That’s not the main reason why the Curassow stands out from other birds. Its beak is like no other. There is a bulge in its beak, but don’t worry, they are not infected with any disease. The Glowing Yellow Beak.
By Vanessa and Crystal