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Gulf of Mexico. Brittany Cott, Lauren Edsel , Jessie Masterson, Kevin Strileckis. Gulf of Mexico. An oval shaped basin Approximately 1500km Surrounded by North America and Cuba Very small tidal ranges Warm water temperatures . ("Free Resource Sharing Educational Resources "). Sailfish .

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gulf of mexico

Gulf of Mexico

Brittany Cott, Lauren Edsel, Jessie Masterson, Kevin Strileckis

gulf of mexico1
Gulf of Mexico
  • An oval shaped basin
  • Approximately 1500km
  • Surrounded by North America and Cuba
  • Very small tidal ranges
  • Warm water temperatures

("Free Resource Sharing Educational Resources ")

sailfish
Sailfish
  • Top predators in the seas
  • Long sharp bill and sail shaped dorsal fin
  • Body grows to about 4 feet long
  • One of the fastest fish in the ocean
  • Diet includes:
    • Pelagic and benthic fish, squid, and octopus

("Swordfish & Billfish")

sailfish1
Sailfish

Drawn by Jessie Masterson

blackfin snapper
Blackfin Snapper
  • Red fish with yellow fins and white under-belly
  • Strong fighters
  • Live in very deep water
  • The young feed on plankton
  • The adults feed on shrimp and squid
  • Can live up to 57 years

("Gulf Red Snapper")

("All about saltwater blackfin snapper")

blackfin snapper1
Blackfin Snapper

Drawn by Jessie Masterson

banded rudderfish
Banded Rudderfish
  • Start at less than 11 inches
  • Pattern of bands from eye to first fin
  • Once longer than 11” it becomes more blue
  • They eat smaller fish and shrimp
  • Prefer shallower water
  • Live on bottoms of the reef and in inshore channels

("All About Saltwater Banded Rudderfish")

banded rudderfish1
Banded Rudderfish

Drawn by Jessie Masterson

under the sea
Under The Sea
  • Seaweed
    • Non-flowering plant that grows under water (“Seaweed”)
  • Algae
    • Tiny organisms with chlorophyll ("Algae")
  • Coral
    • Hard, calcium carbonate skeleton of a polyp ("Coral”)
works cited
Works cited
  • "Swordfish & Billfish." WWF Global. WWF. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/swordfish_billfish/>.
  • "All about saltwater blackfin snapper." Identicards:Fishing, hunting, and wildlife products. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.identicards.com/allaboutsaltwaterfish/species.asp?fish=Blackfin Snapper>.
  • "Gulf Red Snapper." Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/snappers/gulf-red-snapper/>.
  • "All About Saltwater Banded Rudderfish." Identicard:Fishing, hunting, and wildlife products. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.identicards.com/allaboutsaltwaterfish/species.asp?fish=Banded rudderfish>.
works cited continued
Works Cited Continued
  • "Seaweed." Dictionary.com. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Seaweed?s=t>.
  • "Algae." Dictionary.com. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/algae?s=t>.
  • "Coral." Dictionary.com. N.p.. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/coral?s=t>.
  • "Facts About The Gulf of Mexico for Kids." The Free Resource Sharing Educational Resources . N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr 2013. <http://www.thefreeresource.com/facts-about-the-gulf-of-mexico-for-kids>.