Ocean Food Chain: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Link in the Chain
  • 0:26 Producers and Consumers
  • 1:17 Ocean Food Chain
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Instructor: Sandra Van Fleet
This lesson covers the definition of an ocean food chain and the different producers and consumers. It also look at the several different types of consumers found in the oceans.

Link in the Chain

You sit down to eat a meal with your family, when you look down at your plate and notice that you will be eating seafood. Your family has prepared fried shrimp, fish, and rice with seaweed. Since you do not like seafood, you push away the plate and ask for chicken nuggets as your family continues to eat. What you do not know, is your family has just demonstrated an example of a food chain.

Producers and Consumers

An ocean food chain shows how energy is passed from one organism, living thing, to another in the ocean. You can think of a food chain like an actual chain. A chain has different sections or parts called links. In a food chain, the different links represent different organisms. Each link of the chain usually begins with what is called a producer. A producer is a living creature that needs the sun to help it make its own food. Examples of producers in the ocean are algae, seaweed and plankton. So that seaweed that you didn't want to eat, well it's a producer!

The other links in the chain are filled with consumers. Consumers are organisms that receive their energy by eating other consumers and producers. Examples of consumers are crabs, shrimp, dolphins, sharks and fish. On your plate, the shrimp and the fish are consumers.

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