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Friday, February 24, 2006

Plunger Creatures?

I'm thinking this is the toughest sea creature mystery ever. This is a very important part of the life of a sea creature that is common along the northeastern Pacific shore. People who first see this on the beach think it looks like a plunger. It is smooth and rubbery to the touch. It is never completely round, always a partly completed circle. It is about as big around as, maybe two CDs. I found this one on a pebble beach, but they are usually found in sandy beaches.


At March 01, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. Taylor's 2nd Grade said...

Dear Ron, Is it a living creature? Or is it used by living creatures? Mrs. Taylor's class

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N.'s student said...

Dear Ron ,
We think that the first mystery is the
Moon Snail because the Moon Snail has ths part of its body that looks like the bottom of it.

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's student said...

Do you know what this means - oviparous? Is the mystery that looks like the toilet plunger a Moon Snail's egg case?

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's Student said...

Dear Ron,
Is the rubbery thing eggs and sand from a snail? Is the hole in the circle wher the snail moves away? Is this from an oviparous animal?

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Mrs. N's student said...

Dear Ron,
I think it is a Moon Snail's eggs and sand.I saw it in a book called Chickens aren't the only ones.
by Brady

At March 02, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

You guys are getting so good at this! Yes, these are eggs inside a case made by a Moon Snail. The moon snail is oviparous, like a chicken. I really liked Brady's discovery.

Brady: I have a copy of Chickens Aren't the Only Ones. Ruth Heller gave it to me when we went out to dinner in Pennsylvania a long time ago! She is a really nice lady and wonderful artist!

From the Shore, Ron

At March 06, 2006, Anonymous Ashleigh said...

Dear Ron, We have been studying dinosaurs so we know they are also oviparous. We wanted to know about the oviraptor because its name begins with the prefix ovi too. This is what we found out about the oviraptor on the computer. It may have gotten its name because it stole other dinosaurs' eggs. It was a small bird-like omnivorous dinosaur and was about 6 to 8 feet long and weighed about 55 to 76 pounds. Also it was lightly built, fast moving, long legged, and bipedal. It had a curved, flexible, s- shaped neck, a long tail, short, stong arms, and curved claws on its three fingered hands and three toed feet. Ashleigh


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