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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Students learn first-hand about ocean food chain

 

April 26, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Standing in the front row, from left, Cyrus Yoder, Kara Heller, Adlee Chelette and Tegan Kuntz watch as teacher Brian Merritt pulls a rockfish from the stomach of a lingcod on April 18. Merritt used the fish to show students how the food chain works in nature.

If there's one thing fourth graders can count on each year, it's that they will see a dead animal inside and out.

Teacher Brian Merritt uses various animals to teach about science, whether biology, environment or, in the case of this year, the food chain.

On April 18, Merritt brought his class outside to show them the food chain of the animal kingdom in action, if only slightly after the fact.

"Whoa!"

"That's huge!"

"Wow!"

The students reacted with astonishment at the unveiling of the enormous fish.

That morning, the teacher and commercial fisherman, got a lingcod from fellow fisherman Brennan...



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