Dive into some seafood with Kid Scoop
Today’s Kid Scoop takes a look at the seafood we eat. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that we’ve managed to catch anything at all in the ocean since it it’s so big.
If you’ve ever been to the beach or out on a ocean-going vessel, it’s actually quite rare to see a fish just by looking at the top of the water.
Sure, at the beach you can find shells. On a boat you might see an occasional fish leap out of the water, but it’s quite amazing to see some of the animals that live down there.
The tuna — the seafood that comes packed in those little cans — isn’t something the size of a goldfish. No, they’re huge animals, often bigger than you are and some can grow up to 15 feet long. They are so strong that they can swim at 70 mph.
How do we eat tuna? According to Wikipedia, 52 percent of all the canned tuna purchased in the United States goes to making sandwiches!
Here’s a video on one traditional tuna “hunt” in Italy. http://youtu.be/7au8lgWYguQ
One of our favorite seafood items are shrimp. We’ll eat them batter fried or raw, in sandwiches or in a soup. Some countries call the same animal a “prawn.” Here in the U.S., most shrimp are fished with nets out of the Gulf of Mexico, and the oil rig explosion and spill two years ago in the gulf created a huge problem for the shrimp-fishing industry.
Shrimp are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal materials. They are even eat “detritus,” which is a fancy term for eating things that have been dead for a long time. Kind of gross, but that’s they way the world works.
In this video, a traveler learns about how “prawn” are raised on an aquaculture farm. http://youtu.be/DFIuBabdeiw
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