Can you match the word to its scramble?
For the answers and a definition, click on the scrambled word.
|1. whale||a. likrl|
|2. gray||b. terhoeemmo|
|3. migration||c. feskul|
|4. mammal||d. girchbean|
|5. echolocation||e. woollehb|
|6. blowhole||f. faPicci ceOna|
|7. Pacific Ocean||g. mmmlaa|
|8. spyhopping||h. yarg|
|9. breaching||i. neelab|
|10. Baja||j. hawel|
|11. Alaska||k. ratiminog|
|12. flukes||l. psyphingpo|
|13. baleen||m. jaBa|
|14. krill||n. sklaAa|
|15. homeotherm||o. tooleanohicc|
Don't look below this line until you are finished!
a. krill - sometimes called fairy shrimp, these planktonic crustaceans are the favorite food of baleen whales (and blue sharks, too!).
b. homeotherm - whales are warm-blooded animals, meaning that they create their own body heat to keep them warm (just like us).
c. flukes - when a whale dives, it sometimes shows its tail; the two parts (lobes) of the tail are called flukes.
d. breaching - jumping; when a whale leaps out of the water, scientists call it breaching.
e. blowhole - an opening in the top of a whale's head that lets it breathe; toothed whales have one blowhole while baleen whales have two.
f. Pacific Ocean - the largest of all oceans; nearly twice as large as the Atlantic.
g. mammal - a class of about 4,000 species of warm-blooded animals who give live birth to their young, including humans and whales.
h. gray - the color of the gray whale, who performs the longest migration of any mammal on Earth, traveling more than 10,000 miles each year!
i. baleen - a series of hard, fibrous plates that hang from the roof of the mouth of baleen whales and capture the planktonic organisms, like krill, upon which they feed.
j. whale - a kind of mammal that lives in the ocean and what this puzzle is all about!
k. migration - taking a trip; when animals move from one geographic location to the next, it's called migration.
l. spyhopping - sometimes whales stick their heads out of the water and take a look around; scientists call this behavior spyhopping.
m. Baja - the place south of California where gray whales go every winter to give birth to their babies, which are called calves.
n. Alaska - the place north of California where gray whales every summer to feed and fatten up for their long journey to Baja.
o. echolocation - a kind of whale sonar; whales and dolphins emit a series of clicks and whistles to identify their surroundings and help them find food.