Bar Harbor Oceanarium: Sparkle Kitten

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This oceanarium is near Acadia National Park.  One of the things they do is hatch baby lobsters from eggs, and help them grow in these huge holding tanks.  They pump air in to help them live.  They have to keep them apart once they get big enough, because they will eat each other! Once they get big enough, they release them into the ocean to help the population grow. They have to be careful to release them in different spots, by dragging a hose on the bottom of the ocean.  Otherwise predators realize the release is taking place and stand there and gobble them up.  We also learned about sea stars.  Did you know a sea star can release one of it’s legs if something is trying to eat it?  The leg will run away on it’s own for a while to lure the predator away.  The sea star then grows a new leg.  In very deep pars of the ocean sea stars can have as many as 40 legs!  We also learned sea stars their suction cups to pull apart clams.  They then take their own stomach (the sea stars) and blow it out like a balloon through their mouth into the opened clam.  They dissolve the clam and suck it up.  We learned horseshoe crabs aren’t crabs at all.  They are more closely related to spiders and have been around since before dinosaurs about 450 million years.

Acadia Glaciers: Einstein07

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The granite in Acadia National Park was created by molten rocks that came up through volcanos as lava.  Glaciers cut through the area leaving large marks in the rocks, and holes in the land which The ice flowed like a slow moving river taking rocks and other items with it.  The glaciers moved by gravity toward sea level. They made all of these huge cuts in the land.

Wild Blueberries, Acadia National Park: Sparkle Kitten

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Maine has the perfect soil for wild blueberries.  It is very acidic (not the kind of acid that dissolves things, though!)  We didn’t know what the bush was supposed to look like, but when we found it we definitely realized they were blueberries!  They were very sweet!  It was hard, but we left some for the birds.

 

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park: Einstein07

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Acadia’s waves on Sand Beach are pretty high.  Sand Beach is special and unlike other beaches in Maine because most of them have rocks instead of sand.  This is because the cold waters in the Northeast have gasses that usually dissolve shells. These waters do not have those gasses.  Yeah, there is sand!