Exploring worlds of wonder through the magic of words
In 1987 a serendipitous discovery opened a fascinating new field of scientific study: whale falls, the ecosystems that develop on a whale’s carcass on the ocean floor. Whale falls provide food and habitat for thousands of deep-sea creatures. Some exist nowhere else. All have unique adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in one of the coldest, darkest, most hostile environments on our planet. Whale Fall Cafe introduces young readers to some of these fascinating creatures - like sleeper sharks and hagfish (first to answer the dinner bell), zombie worms (aka: bone-eating snot worms), and roly-polys as big as housecats. Back matter takes older readers even deeper where they will meet two of the scientists who pioneered whale fall research and learn more about the animals found on a whale fall.