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Finally, they reach the waters where they came from. We don’t know how salmon can find their way on this long trip up the river. But we know what they do when they reach the end. At the bottom of the stream, the mother salmon digs a long hole with her Male sockeye salmon. tail and snout. She fills the hole with © Natalie Fobes/Corbis thousands of tiny eggs. She covers the eggs with sand to keep them safe. The eggs hatch. When the baby salmon are about as long as your finger, they are big enough to start the swim to the ocean.

And the African manatee is found in the coastal waters and slow-moving rivers of tropical West Africa. Manatees have small eyes and can’t see very well. They don’t move very fast either. Since manatees can’t tolerate cool temperatures, they live in warm waters—places where lots of people like to live as well. Many manatees have been killed or injured when people drive their motorboats into the manatees’ feeding areas. The manatees can’t see the boats and don’t move fast enough to get out of their way.

Xt U KNOmW In fact, ne . rt a DID YO s ry e v n re o m sa ★ LEARN MORE! READ THESE ARTICLES… DEEP-SEA LIFE • JELLYFISH • MOLLUSKS 47 SE A T GH RCH LI Which of the following statements are true about sponges? a) Sponges can be found mainly in the ocean. b) Sponges eat by straining the water around them. c) The sponges in your house probably came from the ocean. © 2008 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. SPONGES a l ? y. K U O Y DID onges are spong S Not all sp lasslike skeletons. eg Some hav © Stephen Frink/Corbis © Royalty-Free/Corbis ponges are strange animals.

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