Do you remember when we first met? I told you that I live in a neighborhood made of coral reef. I was swimming along today and I found another type of neighborhood. This is a place made by people for marine animals to visit. It is called an artificial reef.
Artificial reef – an underwater structure people make to provide food and shelter for marine life.
Just like natural reefs, people enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving near artificial reefs. It is a good way to see animals who live in the ocean.
There are several artificial reefs of the coast of this location. Many were made in the shape of animals. My personal favorite is Turtle Reef!
I also enjoy swimming through Dolphin and Seahorse reefs.
Did you figure out where I was visiting artificial reefs?
I’m off the coast of Destin Florida!
The South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) is responsible for making these amazing reefs. Marine animals and humans can enjoy them. They are close to the shore so they are easy to swim, kayak, or paddle board to.
If you visit a beach in this Gulf Coast area, bring your snorkel!
The Gulf Coast is on a body of water called the Gulf of Mexico.
I will be spending a little time here so I hope to see you!
This continent is covered in ice. I am in Antarctica! Did you guess it?
Antarctica is in the south pole. Even though I swam south, I went far away from the equator.
Equator – imaginary line that goes around Earth. It divides the earth from north to south.
Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth. It has no direct sunlight and can get as cold as -82 degrees Fahrenheit. In case you missed it, that’s MINUS 82! It is covered in ice and very few animals can live here because it so cold.
You know who can live here? Rocky, the Emperor Penguin. Emperor Penguins are the largest penguins on Earth. They can grow to be almost 4 feet tall and up to 100 lbs. Now that’s a big penguin.
Emperor Penguins are endemic to Antarctica.
Endemic means they live no other place in the world than right here!
That may be fine for Rocky, but I’m freezing my shell off. Time to go.