Shore Lines!

The Chesapeake Bay

Brooke, Savannah, Francisco, and Bryan

Facts

  • The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary, meaning it is part salt water and part fresh water.
  • Largest estuary in the U.S.A. and third largest in the world.
  • Very shallow.

Climate

-What adaptations have living things made to survive in the climate?
Change in temperature and change in climate frequently. The living organisms have to adjust to a higher amount of salt. They also have to adjust to water rising on the shore lines.
-How do living creatures survive the extreme of the shore lines?
Scientists cannot predict how the ecosystem will react to prolonged periods of extreme weather.
-The average amount of rainfall in the Chesapeake Bay is between 40 and 45 inches.

The Chesapeake Bay holds 15 trillion gallons of water!

Shelter Facts

Counose Ray

  • Lives in schools near the surface of shallow water.
  • Food: oyster, hard clams, soft-shelled clams.
  • Defense mechanism or specialized structures that help it survive in its habitat: The tip of their fin looks like a shark.

Sandbar Shark

  • Shelter: Most often found in a grassy shallow, and over sand bars.
  • Food: Blue crabs, bottom-dwelling fish, and invertebrates.
  • Defense mechanism or specialized structures that help it survive in its habitat: Their big teeth can rip apart a human.

Rainbow Snake

  • Shelter: Live primarily in streams, swamps, and marshes
  • Food: Adult eels, frogs, and tadpoles
  • Defense mechanism or specialized structures that help it survive in its habitat: Strong swimmers and rarely bite if captured

Red-bellied cooter

  • Shelter: Fresh water lakes, ponds, streams, and creeks.
  • Food: Snails, Plants, Worms, Crayfish, Tadpoles, and insect larvae.
  • Defense mechanism or specialized structures that help it survive in its habitat: It can swim away and hide in its shell

Plants

Black-Eyed Susan

  • Specialized structures that help it survive: Grows about 4 feet tall.
  • How does this specialized structure help it survive? It is strong and tall.

Cardinal Flower

  • Specialized structures that help it survive: Grows in full or particle sun.
  • How does this specialized structure help it survive? That means it doesn't need a lot of sun to survive.

Butterfly Weed

  • Specialized structures that help it survive: It is small.

Prickly Pear

  • Specialized structures that help it survive: thick, green, and covered with thorns.
  • How does this specialized structure help it survive? the animals will get into the thorn if they try to get near it.

Non-Living Elements

Rocks

  • Provides living things with shelter.

Water

  • Animals live in the water and without it they would die.

Soil

  • Soil provides nutrients for plants.

Light

  • Light helps with photosynthesis.