Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hermie and Secrets of the Ocean Realm

Here's our newest family member. Low maintenance, low investment (June Bug paid for it himself), and absolutely wonderful to a boy who is fascinated by ocean life.
Here's a superb ocean documentary series that we found at our library. We have watched half of them now and they are simply fantastic.
Here's one of our new favorite creatures-- the pikeblenny. They live in small holes or discarded worm tubes, but if they are near other blennys they swim around 'fighting' (which is nothing more than opening their mouths at each other) and stealing each others' homes.

Here's another favorite, the Sarcastic Fringehead (the one in the back). Yup, that's really it's name. they open their mouths to be HUGE. Biggest mouth wins a fight. The words "Sarcastic Fringehead" also makes a good insult if you ever need a clever one!
Wishing You the Desire to Follow your Children's Interests,
Mama the Randa Who Sometimes Feels Like a Zookeeper


denise said...

Ooooh, my 5 year old has been wanting a hermit crab. ;) He loves ocean creatures too- we have checked out so many books and DVDs from the library. Fun!

TheSingingBird said...

Wow! Sarcastic fringehead, what a name, what a fish!
Thanks for visiting my blog, you have me in suspense!

Dawn said...

I'll have to remember that name, Sarcastic Fringehead, and use it sometime...I love it!

Anne said...

My 4 year old son is into ocean life as well.
He loves sting rays and squids.

I love that name Sarcastic Fringehead LOL :)

RunninL8 said...

I had hermit crabs whest I was a youngin'!
I feed them balony and peanut butter. I remeber that when they would pich and not let go, i was told to hold them over a bottle of amonia. Worked! Poor guys.
My oldest wants one.
Blue Planet in another STUNNING documentary on every aspect of the ocean.
Hmmmm... right now I'm into a harvest/weather theme but Lo is into BONES!