Kw-logo-holiday

Biomes of the World :: Aquatic

Aquatic Biome Wildlife
One Crazy Lookin' Fish
Aquatic Biome
Beautiful Mountain Lake
Freshwater Region
Powerful Waterfall

What is a Biome?

A biome is a place on earth that has the same climate, plant life and animal life over a vast area of land. Every place on earth is part of one biome or another. There are five major biomes in the world: aquatic, desert, forest, grasslands and tundra. These biomes are often broken down into numerous categories and sub-categories as well. Kidzworld's got the 411 on the aquatic biome.

What Makes The Aquatic Biome Unique?

The aquatic biome is definitely the largest biome out there. Water covers nearly 75 percent of the earth's surface, in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. Just like all other biomes, the aquatic biome can be divided into two categories: freshwater regions and saltwater regions. There are also different types of freshwater and saltwater habitats.

Saltwater Habitats:

Oceans

Oceans are the largest ecosystems on earth.

Who Calls The Ocean Home?

  • Algae, sea snails, octopuses, fish, crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, etc.,) sea anemones, sharks, whales, seaweed and much, much more. Tons of bacteria and fungus also call the ocean "Home, Sweet Home."

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are found as barriers along continents (for example, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.)

Who Calls Coral Reefs Home?

  • Coral, (which does look rock but is actually an animal!) Fish, sea urchins, octopi and sea stars (a.k.a. star fish) also call coral reefs home.

Estuaries

An estuary is where a stream or river merges with the ocean. The mixing of fresh and salt water creates a unique salt concentration that is found nowhere else in the world.

Who Calls Estuaries Home?

  • A variety of worms, oysters, crabs and different kinds of waterfowl (like herons, ducks and geese).

Freshwater Habitats:

Ponds and Lakes

Ponds and lakes support similar organisms but ponds don't stick around for very long. Ponds are often seasonal, meaning they are created in the rainy seasons and often dry up after a few months. Lakes, on the other hand, will often survive for hundreds of years.

Who Calls Ponds and Lakes Home?

  • Both ponds and lakes are home to various aquatic plants, grazing snails, clams, insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians (frogs, salamanders, newts, etc.,) turtles, snakes and lots of birds.

Streams and Rivers

A stream or river can be started in a lot of different ways. Some are the product of a natural spring bubbling out of the earth. Others find their way out of a mountain lake. Then there are the streams and rivers started by melting snow.

Who Calls it Home?

  • Many freshwater fish can be found in streams and rivers, such as trout and salmon. Algae, fungi and other plant life can also be found here.

Wetlands

A wetland is a body of standing water that supports aquatic plants. Marshes, swamps and bogs are all forms of wetlands.

Who Calls Wetlands Home?

  • Frogs, lizards, snakes and birds like ducks, pelicans, herons, woodpeckers, etc.
Related Stories:
>

readers voted!

Comments

thrice

thrice wrote:

it would be cool if humans could breathe underwater
commented: Wed Oct 09, 2013

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

aqua! once again
commented: Tue Aug 27, 2013

directioner_4lyfe
I wish i could live in the water
commented: Tue Aug 27, 2013

there are 18 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1017100690890

What's Your Fave Water Activity?

  • Scuba diving in the ocean.
  • Fishing in a rushing river.
  • Bird watching at an estuary.
  • Collecting frogs down at the pond.

related stories

Micro_biome-forest-micro
Forests play an important role in all our lives and cover one third of Earth's surface. Rainfores...
Micro_tundra-biome-micro
The Tundra is the coldest of the biomes. If the grass isn't frozen, then the dirt is. It's freezi...
Micro_biome-desert-micro
Did you know there are deserts on every continent, including Antarctica? Check out more facts tha...

Random in the forums

Charulata
Charulata posted in General:
"phoenix_Esha123" wrote:YOUR MOOD:- Happy :D<br>FAVOURITE COLOUR :- Blue<br>FAVOURITE CARTOON :- Shinchan and Oggy And The Cockroaches :P Hey Esha! You're Happy , Your favorite color is Blue and your favorite cartoon is Oggy and the cockroaches and Shinchan :) So , I think you're DORA (:
reply 1 minute
phoenix_Esha123
YOUR MOOD:- Happy :D FAVOURITE COLOUR :- Blue FAVOURITE CARTOON :- Shinchan and Oggy And The Cockroaches :P
reply 4 minutes
smarttwinkle
smarttwinkle posted in General:
Thnks  :)
reply 17 minutes
Charulata
Charulata posted in General:
"smarttwinkle" wrote:MOOD-SCHOOL CLOSED             Tooooooooo boredCOLOR-Black               i  :love itCARTOON-Shinchan and Pokemon As your mood is bored  ,your favorite color is Black and your favorite cartoon is Shinchan and Pokemon , I think you're Winnie The Pooh (:
reply 28 minutes
smarttwinkle
smarttwinkle posted in General:
MOOD-SCHOOL CLOSED              Tooooooooo bored COLOR-Black                i  :love it CARTOON-Shinchan and Pokemon
reply 32 minutes

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...