Friday, December 26, 2014


Symbiosis or a symbiotic relationship allows animals to survive by forming partnerships with other animals.

Most of the interactions between species involve food:
- competing for the same food supply
- eating (predation)
- avoiding being eaten (avoiding predation)

For example, _red phalaropes_ are shorebirds often found with whales. When a whale comes to the surface for air, the birds pick and eat parasites from its back.

In "Disastrous Dinner Party" from the book Animal Partners, we see how things might go badly if the birds got a little carried away with their meal preparations...

Text copyright 2014 by Scotti Cohn. Illustration copyright 2014 by Shennen Bersani.

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