Biosphere, Elementary (K-4), Oceans
None alike and none the same.
Some are warm and some cold.
Can you find one on a globe?
Now take your finger and go around.
Follow the ocean between the ground.
Keep on going just for fun.
Are there many oceans or just one?
Stretching far from shore to shore.
Filled with fish and plants and more.
To name them would take too much time.
But would you at least read this rhyme
About Earth's ocean living things?
Some with leaves or scales or wings.
Some with fur and some with shells.
Are they small or big like whales?
In coastal waters near the shore.
Seals and otters and much more.
Up in the air and on the beach.
Is "Mine!" what those sea gulls screech?
Sea squirts, sea snakes and anemones.
Some are friends and some are enemies.
Coral and plankton and krill, oh brother.
Which ones eat plants and which ones each other?
Ocean water is salty, briny.
And some ocean things are rather slimy.
Starfish, vent worms and those jellies.
Where do they hide their mouths and bellies?
Snails, nautilus and octopi.
Some in hiding, some swimming by.
Seahorses cling to coral branches.
Do sea cowboys work on seahorse ranches?
Oysters, mussels, and clams good grief.
In tidal pools and on coral reefs.
Lobsters, eels, and tuna fish.
Would you eat these baked in a dish?
Some alone and some in bunches.
Try to keep from being lunches.
Sardines in schools and whales in pods.
Which way is best to beat the odds?
Big blue whales and giant squids.
Giant clams with shells like lids.
Giant kelp plants as tall as trees.
Are there more ocean things as big as these?
Crabs crawling on a beach.
Duck into holes and out of reach.
Pelicans fly in ocean sky.
But are there fish that can go flying by?
Ocean birds with big, webbed feet.
Diving for fish to catch and eat.
Turtles lay eggs in sandy mounds.
But do baby turtles make any sounds?
Down in the ocean dark and deep.
Even there creatures swim and creep.
Some blink and flash, put on a show.
How do they do that? Do you know?
Earth's oceans with more living things
Than in all the rivers, lakes or springs.
Swimming, crawling, and all that
So what's so special about ocean habitats?
Some say there is a change out there.
That could change Earth's ocean air.
How could that change ocean living things
And what could it mean for human beings?
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