Weddell Seal: Fat and Happy

Overview

Antarctica is the coldest place in the world. Temperatures there can drop to as low as -128[degree]F! Very few animals can live in such a harsh climate. One creature that can, however, is the Weddell seal. How does it do it? Since 2001, biologist Terrie Williams has been making trips to Antarctica to find out. Look inside to discover what Terrie has learned about this fascinating and uncommon creature.
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Overview

Antarctica is the coldest place in the world. Temperatures there can drop to as low as -128[degree]F! Very few animals can live in such a harsh climate. One creature that can, however, is the Weddell seal. How does it do it? Since 2001, biologist Terrie Williams has been making trips to Antarctica to find out. Look inside to discover what Terrie has learned about this fascinating and uncommon creature.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Attaching a tiny camera and computer to a Weddell seal is one way to track it in Antarctica. This book from the "Uncommon Animals" series tells that that is what a biologist did to learn more about the seal. In addition, the engaging text imparts much information about the world of Weddell seals, including their habitat; what they eat; how well they dive, hunt, use breathing holes, communicate, raise their young, and live in bad weather. The issue of climate change and the problem it causes for the seals is also addressed. Fantastic photos show the adorable looking seals in their daily life situations. A map indicates where they live in the world. Fascinating sidebars include information, such as the blubber of the seals is 1.6 to 2.4 inches thick, they can grow to be ten feet long and weigh 1,000 pounds, and that they can dive twenty times deeper than a scuba diver. Large print in small sections is inviting and makes this a good book for gathering report information. Bold words in the text are defined in the glossary. Web and book resources, a page on other uncommon animals, and an index are included. This book will make a good addition to science and social studies lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597167345
  • Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Uncommon Animals Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG850L (what's this?)

Table of Contents


Lost!     4
A Close Call     6
Frozen Antarctica     8
Weddell World     10
Master Divers     12
Underwater Hunt     14
Precious Air     16
Music to a Seal's Ears     18
Raising Pups     20
The Big Bad Weather     22
A Changing Climate     24
The End of an Adventure     26
Weddell Seal Facts     28
More Uncommon Animals     29
Glossary     30
Bibliography     31
Read More     31
Learn More Online     31
Index     32
About the Author     32
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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    Weddell seals!!!!!!!

    Weddell Seals: Fat and Happy was my favorite non-fiction book. The story was about a Weddell seal number nineteen. She was lost in a snow storm and Terrie Williams was trying to find her. Finally they found seal number nineteen and named her Sally Mcseal. The book had many different facts about Weddell seals. One of them was that they can eat up to 100 small fish per dive. Their babies are called pups. It also said that they can stay under water for close to an hour. Weddell seal pups can weigh up to 60 pounds and adults can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Weddell seals are gray/silver with spots on their stomachs. There are 800.000 Weddell seals in the wild. They can stay in Antarctica year round even though temperatures can be as low as -128 degrees F. They can live for 22 to 30 years. Weddell seals are now one of my favorite animals. My favorite thing about the book was the pictures of the Weddell seals. If I were to review this book I would give it a 5 out of 5 because it is an amazing book that anyone would like. I will recommend this book to everyone because it is a fun way of learning about Weddell seals.

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