JAMMER TIP – Giraffes Are Back!!

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Giraffes are back in Jamaa!! They’ve traveled far and wide and have lots of tales to tell.

There’s only one species of giraffe, and they are only native to Africa. They have different spots depending on which part of the country they live. They are the reticulated, Nubian, Uganda or Baringo, Masai, Angolan, and the southern. All giraffes have two furry little horns called ossicones.

Giraffes drink little water and only eat acacia leaves. They get most of the water they need to survive from the leaves. They’ve adapted this way because when they are drinking they are extremely vulnerable as this is the only time predators can stage an attack. But they’re generally not worth the effort as they have very keen eyesight, can kill with a kick, and their skin is extremely tough to chew making them more work then their worth.

JAMMER ART – Eggs

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Hooray for Commander Chillywolf, Blossom Sunnyviolet, Arctic Wolf, Little Magiclilly, and Precious Glambelle! They we’re chosen for this week’s Jammer Snaps featuring eggs!

Each year on the Monday after Easter in Haux (pronounce like ‘how’), France, a giant omelet is served.

Don’t forget a fork if you’re in this southern French town on Easter Monday. Each year a giant omelet is served up in the town’s main square. And when we say giant, we mean giant! It’s brunch for up to 1,000 people. Last year’s enormous dish was just shy of 10 feet in diameter and was comprised 5,211 eggs, 21 quarts of oil, and 110 pounds each of bacon, onion, and garlic.

This tradition arises from a story of when Napoleon and his army were traveling, and they stopped in Haux and ate omelets. Napoleon was such a fan of his that he asked everyone in Haux to gather their eggs and make a huge omelet for his army.

CREATURE FEATURE – Bat Ray

Tierney Thys talks to us about the ‘bat ray’ from her indoor touch pool.

Rays are more closely related to sharks than to fish. Like sharks they don’t have any bones, and their skeleton is made of cartilage. Bat rays prefer the warm shallow waters of the North American Pacific Coast, but are different species of rays are found through out the world’s warm ocean shores. The bat is a small ray coming in at about a six foot fin span and about 200 pounds. The largest of the rays is the manta. These guys have can have a 24 foot fin span and weigh 3000 pounds!! Rays will live about 25 years in the wild and over 50 in captivity.

Have you played the Touch Pool mini-game in Tierney’s Aquarium?