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Teacher’s Background Information Program 4: Who Are the Predators of the Plankton? During this program we will survey the predators of the plankton community. Predators include other zooplankton, vertically migrating fishes, and whales. We will also survey human impacts on the plankton community and discuss their impacts. Student activities include: Create Your Own Marine Food Web, Human Impacts on the Meadows of the Sea, and A Food Pyramid (Supplemental Activities are also provided to compliment program four). What is a marine food web? A marine food web is the passing of nutrients from one animal or plant to another, progressing from the simplest to the most complex organisms. The food web begins with the microscopic algae (phytoplankton), which billions of minute, floating animals (zooplankton) eat to build their bodies. Then the younger fish, plankton-feeding fishes (such as the menhaden and herrings), crustaceans (such as crabs, lobsters, and shrimp), and many other sea animals feed on the plankton. They, in turn, are eaten by larger carnivores such as
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This note was uploaded on 07/31/2011 for the course OCB 6050 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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