Tennessee Aquarium Scrapbook
By: Kevin Xiao
The Tennessee Aquarium, one of the best field trips I had this year. My impression on the aquarium say that the aquarium was very big, but pretty small inside. There wasn't much to see, but just enough. There was an ocean section, but it mostly had other animals that don't belong in an aquarium. Examples include butterflies and birds. The ocean section wasn't much. However, the river section was large. It had more of a variety in animals that should be in an aquarium. I even heard it was the largest freshwater aquarium in the US. The IMAX was pretty boring, but that's what you expect in an aquarium's IMAX. Overall, I think it was a good aquarium.
Individual & Population
The habitat of the individual in this population within this picture is only water, with the other fish.
An individual is a single organism, probably with others of the same organism. When multiple of the same organism come together, they become a population. They interact with their environment, reproducing during mating season with other fish, and simply swimming through the water, catching up with their school/population.
Community & Ecosystem
In this community, which is a group of different organisms, the clownfish live in the sea anemone, a way to hide from predators. This is a commensalism, a relationship with two different organisms, where one organism benefits but the other is unaffected. The clownfish use the sea anemone as a shelter, and that doesn't affect the sea anemone directly.
There are other relationships like mutualism, where both organisms benefit, and parasitism, where one organism benefits but the other is affected to its detriment.
Each ecosystem has multiple biotic and abiotic factors, that is what defines an ecosystem. In the picture the clownfish depends on the abiotic factor water to swim. It uses the light above to be able to see.
The Six Kingdoms
Animals have all basic organelles and they are multicelluar. Plants have cell walls and chloroplasts. Protists have all basic organelles and can be single celled. Fungi have cell walls but lack chloroplasts.
Food Chain and Food Web
The shark is one of the leading predators in the ocean. Its energy role in the ecosystem is an ecosystem is a consumer. Consumers consume producers and other consumers. Producers produce their own energy using abiotic factors. Decomposers decompose once-living (dead) things.
The shark is also a heterotroph, or a living thing that gets its energy from other animals. There is also an autotroph, witch is a living thing that gets its energy automatically (ex: Photosynthesis).
In case you didn't read the picture's caption, it shows three abiotic factors, water, light, and rocks. Water is the most important abiotic factor that an organism can depend on. It is especially depended by the oceanic organisms that live in the ocean. They need it to swim and breath. Light is the abiotic factor that helps oceanic organisms see. Rock provide a simple shelter in the ocean.