Kindergartners Learn About Life in a Saltwater Aquarium

In Science class, kindergartners are learning about the special relationship between the clownfish and the sea anemone in the salt water tank. "The students we able to view the tank in class and observe this unique relationship," explained Science teacher Mr. Knight.  According to Mr. Knight, Sea Anemones are predators that attach themselves to rocks or coral.  They then sit and wait until a fish swims close enough to attack with its tentacles. When a fish swims by, the anemone's tentacles shoot out a long poisonous thread. "The toxins in this thread paralyze the prey," Mr. Knight explained. "Clownfish are one of the only species that can survive the deadly sting of the Sea Anemone." Students learned that by making the anemone their "home,: clownfish become immune to its sting. These fish will gently touch every part of their bodies to the anemone’s tentacles until it no longer affects them.  A layer of mucus then forms on the clownfish’s body to prevent it from getting stung again.  
The 179-gallon salt water tank in the Science Lab was set up with the help of Frank Bickley. Mr. Bickley has given several hours of his time to help make this tank so beautiful.  His knowledge of coral, fish, and the maintenance of such a large tank, are greatly appreciated, and allows students to see so many amazing creatures every day!