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Science Snippet: Eeeek! Freaky Feet


These feet may not be your idea of beautiful,
but their avian owners think they fit the bill.

Read the clues
That tell how they are used.
Then figure out whose is whose.
Wood Stork Feet, Mycteria americana
1. As this tall bird slowly wades, it uses its feet to stir up the water, flushing out fish.
Red-footed Booby Feet, Sula sula
2. This diving bird’s webbed feet assist it in swimming, and their bright color attracts mates.
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus
3. This fowl’s feet  distribute its weight like snowshoes, allowing it to walk on floating vegetation.
Wood Stork, Mycteria americana
Wood Stork, Mycteria americana
Red-footed Booby on Nest, Sula sula
Red-footed Booby on Nest, Sula sula
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Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus

Here are the correct matches:

Wood Stork Flying, Mycteria americana
Wood Stork Flying
Wood Stork Feet, Mycteria americana
Wood Stork Feet
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus
Purple Gallinule Feet
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus
Purple Gallinule walking on  lily pads
Red-footed Booby Feet, Sula sula
Red-footed Booby Feet
White Morph of the Red-footed Booby, Sula sula
Red-footed Booby (White Morph)

See more amazing wading birds at:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

Author on Playa Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

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Science Snippet: Wild & Kooky Critters


Author taking photos on Playa Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
Author taking photos on Playa Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos Islands are home to such bizarre beasts that they seem to have escaped from a Pixar movie. On a recent trip to this volcanic archipelago, my husband and I walked and snorkeled among its quirky creatures, who were unfazed and unflustered by our curiosity  . . . and our cameras.

Here’s a selection of some of the dazzling characters we encountered.

Blue-footed Booby and Napping Nestilings
Blue-footed Booby and Napping Nestilings
Male Great Frigatebird Displaying Gular Sac to Attract a Mate
Male Great Frigatebird Displaying Gular Sac to Attract a Mate
Marine Iguana Crawling from the Sea
Marine Iguana Crawling from the Sea
Nazca Boobies Bill Clacking Mating Ritual
Nazca Boobies Performing Bill Clacking Mating Ritual
Flycatcher Checking Out Concave Lens as Possible Nesting Cavity
Flycatcher Checking Out Concave Lens as Possible Nesting Cavity
A Curious Sea Lion Investigates Our Guide
A Curious Sea Lion Investigates Our Guide
Fishing Flamingo
A Flaming Orange Flamingo

When it comes to the Galapagos inhabitants, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction!
See how YOU do in detecting the truth on the quiz below.
Directions:
1. Select the letter of each true statement below.
2. Put the letters (in order) into the blanks.
3. The completed word is the animal whom the islands are named after.
(This animal’s Spanish name is “galapagos.”)
4. Click on the link at the bottom to check your answer.

______   O  _____  T  ______  I  ______  ______


1. RED-FOOTED BOOBY

Red-footed Booby on Nest
Red-footed Booby on Nest
Red-footed Booby Feet
Red-footed Booby Feet

I catch fish by plunging head-first into the water. For protection I

Always wear a helmet. <S>

Have air sacs in my skull to soften the blow. <T

2.  MARINE IGUANA

Marine Iguana Looking Like Movie Monster, Godzilla
Marine Iguana: A Godzilla Look-alike
Marine Iguana Sunning Near Surf
Marine Iguana Sunning Near Surf

When I build up too much salt in my body from snacking on seaweed, I

Switch to a salt-free diet. <Q>

Snort clouds of salt spray from my nostrils. <R>

3.  GIANT TORTOISE

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Tortoise Mid-Meal
Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Galapagos Giant Tortoise

I live a long life. So I may have been plodding along when

The first Hersey bars were invented (1900). <O>

Stegosaurus feasted on ferns.  <P>

4. SEA LION

 Sea Lion Floating
Sea Lion Floating
 Sea Lion Pup
Sea Lion Pup

For excitement, I

Play tag with the sharks. <R>

Body surf on the waves. <S>

5. SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB

Sally Lightfoot Crab on Lava Rock,
Sally Lightfoot Crab on Lava Rock,

If someone bothers me I

Make like a water pistol and squirt them. <E>

Get crabby and put out a DO NOT DISTURB sign. <F>

PUZZLE ANSWER

To see more Galpagos photos you can visit  my husband’s and my photography website at: http://www.agpix.com/cohen

View my program/author visit video at:

SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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