Ocala/Marion students describe their favorite marine animals

Ocala/Marion students describe their favorite marine animals

Dear Friends,

I had so much fun hearing about all of your favorite sea animals! It is so wonderful to see that so many of you love our spectacular ocean life! I myself got the chance to catch up with many of my marine friends because it was spring break! Say, what did you all do for spring break? I would love to hear about any crazy adventures or relaxed days you had!

Your friend,

Matt

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Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a sea turtle. Sea turtles start out the size of a ping-pong ball! They are my favorite marine animal because turtles are one of the few reptiles that live in the sea!

Your friend,

Lailiana Alfred

Second grade, Marion Charter School

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a dolphin. I love dolphins because one time my mom looked at the news and the news said that a dolphin saved a person from a shark!

Your friend,

Olivia Counts

Second grade, Marion Charter School

Madi Gellert, First Grade, St.  John Lutherans

Madi Gellert, First Grade, St. John Lutherans

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Narwhal. I love the Narwhal because they have a horn like a unicorn.

Your friend,

Gabby Elliot

First grade, Sparr Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a penguin. They are fun to watch when they slide in the water.

Your friend,

Fabian Davila

Second grade, Romeo Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Goliath Grouper. I like it because it is colorful.

Your friend,

Jace Mackenzie

Second grade, Romeo Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Jellyfish. One time I went to the beach and I saw a Jellyfish glow!

Your friend,

Melissa Warner

Second grade, Romeo Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Manatee. One reason is because Manatees are endangered. Another reason is because Manatees are like Cows. A final reason is because Manatees are mammals. As you can see, Manatees are my favorite marine animal.

Your friend,

Paige Guerts

Second grade, Sparr Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is the Mako Shark. One reason is because the Mako Shark is the fastest Shark. Another reason is because most sharks are cold-blooded, but Mako’s are warm-blooded. A final reason is because Mako’s use of their strong tails to zoom after prey. As you can see, Mako Sharks are my favorite marine animal.

Your friend,

Carsyn Hamilton

Second grade, Sparr Elementary

Dear Matt,

My favorite sea animal is a Tiger Shark. I like Tiger Sharks because their fins are sharp and it’s name is cool, I like Tigers!

Your friend,

Shepherd Kail

First Grade, St. John Lutherans

Dear Matt,

My favorite sea animal is a Dolphin. Dolphins are my favorite because they love people.

Your friend,

Veronique Colombe

First grade, Saint John Lutheran

Dear Matt,

My favorite sea animal is a Turtle. Turtles are my favorite because they blend in with the seaweed.

Your friend,

Greyson Schiller

First Grade, St. John Lutherans

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animals are Sharks and Sea Otters. I like the Sea Otter because I like that it eats Sea Urchins. I like the Shark because I like how they protect the Ocean.

Your friend,

Cameron Wells

Second grade, Cornerstone School

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Colossal Squid. Their species dive deep in the Ocean and their eyes are as big as your head!

Your friend,

Sawyer Wise

Second grade, Cornerstone School

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is a Crab because it is strong and fierce. It also hurts people because it is mean and has sharp claws!

Your friend,

Jasleen Virk

Second grade, Cornerstone School

Dear Matt,

My favorite marine animal is the ClownFish. I like when they swim around sea anemones, it’s kind of cute. They live in coral reefs and forests. I even like that they don’t eat other fish! They are one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of tropical fish!

Your friend,

Douglas Weber

Second grade, Cornerstone School

This article originally appeared on Ocala Star-Banner: Local students tell Matt Manatee all about their favorite marine life

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