Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

Sea Otter Heroes The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem In Elkhorn Slough an inlet on the California coast seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes The scientist expected this estu

  • Title: Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem
  • Author: Patricia Newman
  • ISBN: 9781512426311
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die Why was the seagrass thriving As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep the seIn Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die Why was the seagrass thriving As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep the seagrass healthy sea otters What do these top predators have to do with an aquatic grass at the opposite end of the food chain Brent s amazing discovery gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems Follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to this major discovery.

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    1. Patricia Newman

      Writing for children is the hardest thing I ve ever done the field is intensely competitive But I write because I can t imagine not writing I write for myself and for the kids who read my work I write for the joy of seeing a kid sitting in the front row at a school visit, hand stretched high to answer my questions I write for the kid who tells me he already owns one of my books and has read it 15 times.

    988 thoughts on “Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem”

    1. Sea Otter Heroes has an interesting story to tell. Brent Hughes uses the scientific method to solve a coastal mystery. Why was the sea grass in California’s Elkhorn Slough (pronounced Slew) flourishing when it should have been dead or covered with slimy algae. The farms in the area used pesticides which ran off into the slough and promoted algae growth. He tried again and again to determine why. He began from the bottom up as scientists usually do, but eventually, he used data from a tour boat [...]


    2. Newman follows marine biologist Brent Hughes's study of Elkhorn Slough, which grew healthy sea grass while other inlets in similar conditions suffered. Hughes's research revealed that the presence of sea otters, the local apex predator, enabled the slough to flourish. An insightful, detailed look at research processes and the workings of ecosystems in general and how its inhabitants affect it at every level.


    3. I learned so much about otters! This is a super informative book with delightful otter photos. It's a tiny bit dry, but not too bad and would be great for a school project.


    4. Sea Otters may be the world’s most adorable apex predators.Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem tells their story in a way built to please kids and adults alike.Today’s students are in the enviable position of having the opportunity to learn about groundbreaking science happening simultaneous to them learning about it. While many dramatic discoveries can be observed online, it is absent the context students need to truly understand.As a middle grade teacher, I appreciate t [...]


    5. Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman is a non fiction book for children and adults. Marine biologist Brent Hughes didn't think sea otters and sea grass had much in common. But his research at Elkhorn Slough, an estuary on Monterey Bay in northern California, revealed a new and surprising connection between the two. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae due to the fertilizer runoff from surrounding fields. But it wasn't. Why?Sea Otter H [...]


    6. Elkhorn Slough, just off the coast of California has been nutrient polluted by the surrounding farms. Too much nutrients usually causes the algae growing on the sea grass to overpower the ability to thrive and the sea grass dies, causing lots of problems to the environment. But not here, why? That’s what marine bIologist Brent Hughes is trying to figure out. Turns out, the wild sea otter population (at the top of the food chain) eats the crabs that eat the snails that eat the algae. Without th [...]


    7. (#kidlit) Recent research and discoveries along the Elkhorn Slough that feeds into Northern California's Monterey Bay have uncovered surprising evidence about sea otters, a species of apex predators like whales, wolves, and other endangered species, and how their presence effects other species of flora and fauna in the area. This award-winning book distills the scientific process as it describes scientist and graduate student Brent Hughes's process of testing his hypotheses, collecting data, and [...]


    8. Brent Hughes solved the environmental mystery of why the Elkhorn Slough, which should have had no sea grass because of agricultural runoff, had lots of healthy seagrass. Here are some of the reasons this is such a successful book. It is written for intermediate to middle school students, however, I, as an adult, also found it very informative and did not feel the author was talking down to me. The photos are incredibly helpful and thoughtful.There are information boxes scattered throughout highl [...]


    9. Why is the Elkhorn Slough, an estuary, where freshwater mixes with ocean water, contain abundant meadows of seagrass, whereas nearly every other estuary on the Pacific coast does not? This book tells the story of a scientist who wondered why and studied the phenomenon until he knew.With generous photos, charts, graphs, and ‘clues’, author Patricia Newman keeps readers curious and turning the pages, while she discusses each hypothesis the scientist made and discarded during his research. In c [...]


    10. This terrific photo-filled book is especially relevant for libraries in California, as it explains on sea otters in the Monterey area positively affected the local ecosystem. By focusing on the young scientist Brent who did a project in the Elkhorn Slough for his graduate studies, readers can find out how scientists do studies, as well as the subject of the study which was the effect the sea otters had on the slough. This is similar to the "Scientists in the Field" series, but this is easier to [...]


    11. Not only are they cute and cuddly but scientific studies have proven they are in the front line in the fight to save one of our most endangered marine ecosystems. Follow the trail from sea otters to crabs to sea hare and ultimately to the algae that destroy the sea grass. This fifty page book packed with information clearly explains the interwoven relationship of geography, plants and animals. The research format to studying a problem and the resulting data provides a good foundation for budding [...]


    12. Another cogent, superb and influential book from Patricia Newman. Thanks to her storytelling skills, the work of scientists is not a rusty, dusty litany of facts, figures and tedious lab experiments. Thanks to the publisher for the beautiful design. There's plenty of "white" space and a pleasing font; tons of full-color photos and a lovely watery background. Two of Newman's previous books fit right into our science curriculum and I can't wait to share this with my students and teachers. Full rev [...]


    13. 4-9th grade teachers could use this book for so many topics in science there are too many to list. Excellent research by Brent Hughes who thought outside of the box, and was willing to rethink what he already knew about a marsh system to answer a question no one had an answer for. Look for more books from Patricia Newman and Lerner as there are more resources out there to help teach your kids to be researchers and scientists.


    14. A very good presentation of how science is a puzzle. In this case, why is the ecosystem in Elkhorn Slough so healthy, even though nearby intensive farming washes lots of pollutants into it? Marine biologist Brent Hughes tests different hypotheses to finally discover the unexpected result. The end gives an experiment to try, and a list of ways to "rethink your relationship with wildlife".


    15. 4.4 stars2018 Sibert honor book. Sea otters keep the Elkhorn Slough, an estuary near the Salinas Valley in California, healthy and vibrant in spite of the nutrient overload from fertilizers that gets washed into the ocean from the thousands of acres of farmland in that valley.


    16. I loved this book! Who knew otters were so important to their ecosystem! This would be a great book for teachers to use to help students understand not only the importance of ecosystems and the delicate balance of nature, but also about the scientific method.


    17. Nonfiction for young people--there is a WIDE variety, but this series seriously nails it for science & curiosity-minded kids (gr 4-8).


    18. I thought this had really interesting information, I just thought it was super boring to read. There were some nice parts, which will be an excellent teaching tool for kids.


    19. Informational TextThis book was wonderful because it was written in an intriguing problem/solution format. The pictures and diagrams were helpful and the text was written in an engaging way.




    20. Sea Otter Heroes has an interesting story to tell. The ecosystem of California’s Elkhorn Slough showed some abnormalities. The seagrass was unusually healthy, considering the pollution that drained into the slough. As marine biologist Brent Hughes investigated, he found complex relationships among various plant and animal species in the region, including sea otters. Sea Otter Heroes emphasizes the scientific methodology involved in Hughes’s work, and thoroughly explains the connections betwe [...]


    21. Full review with teaching tools: unleashingreaders/?p=1As someone who struggled with biology when in school, I love narrative nonfiction about nature because it helps me fill in education gaps. Sea Otter Heroes looks at trophic cascade (cause and effect relationships within a food chain) and how it affects an ecosystem–so interesting! This information along with the beautiful photographs make this book a scientific journey.


    22. Scientists ask why and that is just what biologist Brent Hughes did. Why was Elkhorn Slough, one of the country's most fertilizer-polluted places, so healthy? His methodical search for the reason is the basis of this intriguing book. Newman writes with clarity and enthusiasm, making the book both interesting and instructive in the best sort of way. Gorgeous pictures and a lovely book design add to the experience, making this a wonderful choice for kids, both those who love science and those who [...]


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