Back about a month ago, Griff and Reese saw an ad on PBS for Sid the Science Kid, a new PBSKids show this fall. Today we caught our first episode and it's definitely a winner - corny kid jokes, silly games, and a hefty dose of the scientific method. Sid's science question today? Why do his grandmother's pancakes always come out so perfectly, while his mother's are runny and his father's are burnt and hard? The theme? Change caused by heat. The kids make applesauce and discuss how heat causes irreversible change while noting their observations in their journals.
Sid ends the show by exhorting his viewers to "keep asking questions!" This reminded me that Griff and I had intended to research what baby seahorses eat following a discussion of mammals and what mammal
young eat. To the internet, Batman!
The answer: small fish, tiny shrimp, and plankton. "What's plankton?" asks Griff. Um...hmm...little tiny crustacean-like animals, maybe? We look. Oh, yeah, I used to know this. It's tiny-stuff soup. Microorganisms that include animals, plants, and bacteria drifting in water. I like the way Wikipedia puts it: "Plankton are defined by their ecological niche rather than their genetic classification."
Ahhh. Once again we ask a question and learn more than we originally intended! Love it. Other tidbits:
- Seahorse young are on their own from the time they're born.
- The morning after expelling the young from his pouch, papa seahorse is ready to go again.
- Each batch of babies can include anywhere from 1 to 2,000 fry.
Griff and I agree that 2,000 human babies at a time would be a few more than we're willing to handle.
What questions did you ask today, and what unexpected answers did you find?