Astonishing Animal

By Michael Frangos


What is blue-gray in color and cruises at 5 miles per hour under the sea? A blue whale, of course! This outstanding organism has an appealing appearance, an enthralling habitat, and a pretty repulsive diet.


The blue whale the most loudest animal on earth. For sure, the blue whale has a repulsive diet, an appealing appearance, and an enthralling habitat. In fact, the blue whale is probably the most miraculous creature on the face of the earth.

Think Tank

Test your knowledge on the blue whale's appearance, habitat, and diet. See if you can score a 10 out of 10 on this mini test. Read these Haiku's about Australia and blue whales

Blue Whale Haiku

Blue Whales are awesome

They grow to eighty five feet

Krill is prey for them

Australia Haiku

Australia is cool

Ayers Rock is really big

Dingos live there too

Chef's Corner

Pavlova is a meringue cake that has a light and delicate crisp crust and a soft sweet marshmallow center. This lovely dessert is served with whipped cream and fresh fruit. There is a long standing debate about whether New Zealand or Australia invented this dessert, which has yet to be resolved. What we do know is that the name, Pavlova, was chosen in honor of the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who toured both New Zealand and Australia in 1926


  • 4 large (120 grams)egg whites

  • 1 cup (200 grams) superfine (castor)sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch (corn flour)

  • Topping:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whippingcream

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (20 grams) granulated whitesugar(or to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon purevanilla extract

  • Fresh fruit - kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, passion fruit, peaches, pineapple, or other fruit of your choice


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (130 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 7 inch (18 cm) circle on the paper. Turn the parchment paper over so the circle is on the reverse side.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until they hold soft peaks. Start adding the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and continue to beat, on high speed, until the meringue holds very stiff and shiny peaks. (Test to see if the sugar is fully dissolved by rubbing a little of the meringue between your thumb and index finger. The meringue should feel smooth, not gritty. If it feels gritty the sugar has not fully dissolved so keep beating until it feels smooth between your fingers). Beat in the vanilla extract. Sprinkle the vinegar and cornstarch over the top of the meringue and, with a rubber spatula, gently fold in. Spread the meringue inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper, smoothing the edges, making

sure the edges of the meringue are slightly higher than the center. (You want a slight well in the center of the meringue to place the whipped cream and fruit.)

Bake for 60 to75 minutesor until the outside is dry and is a very pale cream color. Turn the oven off, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the meringue cool completely in the oven. (The outside of the meringue will feel firm to the touch, if gently pressed, but as it cools you will get a little cracking and you will see that the inside is soft and marshmallowy.)

The cooled meringue can be made and stored in a cool dry place, in an airtight container, for a few days.

Just before serving gently place the meringue onto a serving plate. Whip the cream in your electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, until soft peaks form. Sweeten with the sugar and vanilla and then mound the softly whipped cream into the center of the meringue. Arrange the fruit randomly, or in a decorative pattern, on top of the cream. Serve immediately as this dessert does not hold for more than a few hours.

Go FIsh

See what I would choose for my dream aquarium.

I chose one clown fish, two blood fin tetras, one angelfish, one Buenos ares tetra, and one Kuhil Loach to make my five fish. I spent $249.28 and my budget was $250. I will need 19 gallons to support my fish. My theme was an Asian, Greek them. I got a small Greek column for $1.49 to put in the Greek section. I also got an incline beta plant for $2.99 so the fish could have some plants. In addition to that, I got a rock garden lava rock so they could hide and play in. For the Asian section, we got an Asian gazebo and a Balinese dragon. I also bought forgotten ruins and an LED volcano to put in the Greek themed side. Adding on to that, I got a coral replica, a barnacle barrel, and a Sunken horse ship to also add to the Greek theme


See my underwater diorama including some of the animals such as coral, seaweed, and a blue whale
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