I just meant books that you may scoff at as "too easy, below my level" may actually be really relevant for this event, especially if you're a high schooler studying for this event.
And the person who gave me those book resources was PacificGoldenPlover. Forgot to give proper credit when due.
But this event is SO INTERESTING. Marine biology really opens up the possibilities you can read about. Like have you guys read about the triton? It's absolutely terrifying.
Here's the Wikipedia article on it- the resource I used when I couldn't find anything on Animal Diversity Web:
Here's a video of Triton eating a crown of thorns starfish. (Not as dramatic since it's only a few minutes and you don't get to see much)Adult tritons are active predators and feed on other molluscs and starfish. The giant triton has gained fame for its ability to capture and eat crown-of-thorns starfish, a large species (up to one metre in diameter) covered in poisonous spikes an inch long. This starfish has few other natural predators and has earned the enmity of humans in recent decades by proliferating and destroying large sections of coral reef.
The struggle between a starfish and an Atlantic triton can last up to an hour before the sea star is subdued by the snail's paralyzing saliva
Tritons can be observed to turn and give chase when the scent of prey is detected. Some starfish (including the crown-of-thorns starfish) appear to be able to detect the approach of the mollusc by means which are not clearly understood, and they will attempt flight before any physical contact has taken place. Tritons, however, are faster than starfish, and only large starfish have a reasonable hope of escape, and then only by abandoning whichever limb the snail seizes first.
The triton grips its prey with its muscular foot and uses its toothy radula (a serrated, scraping organ found in gastropods) to saw through the starfish's armoured skin. Once it has penetrated, a paralyzing saliva subdues the prey and the snail feeds at leisure, often beginning with the softest parts such as the gonads and gut.
Tritons will ingest smaller prey animals whole without troubling to paralyse them, and will spit out any poisonous spines, shells or other unwanted parts later.
Sigh... if only our team could make Nationals. If only. :'(
You lucky ducks who are doing WQ for States or Nats better make the best of it!