Be a 4Kids Detective

April 26, 2000

Visit these Web sites to find the answers, then go to www.4Kids.org/detectives/.

* How does the Secrets@Sea field guide define "tide"?

* What is the lifespan of the hippopotamus?

* How many pounds of fish do U.S. consumers demand yearly?

SECRETS AT SEA

Now you can explore the many mysteries of the ocean at Secrets @ Sea, a way-cool Web site. Dive in at www.secretsatsea.org/ and prepare yourself for an interactive, underwater experience. Your mission is to get to the bottom of some strange behaviors found in killer whales in the Alanamorris Strait. During this journey, dig for treasures on the surface of the ocean's floor, unscramble coded messages, hunt for creature cards and learn more through your own field guide.

TORONTO ZOO

Lions and tigers and polar bears. Oh my! Head for the great white north to the Toronto Zoo Web site at www. torontozoo.com/. You'll get the lowdown on the zoo's wide range of exhibits, from the South African Fur Seals to the "Underground Zoo," where visitors get to peer into the interior of a beaver's lodge. The site is also home to a great "Kids Korner," where you'll find animal jokes and some pretty cool artwork.

SCIENCE FOR KIDS

You thought science was cool before. Pour one unit of www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids into your cyber-test tube and check out Sci4Kids. The first thing you'll see is a colorful, wacky drawing. Click on anything in the picture and enter a new lab with each click. Click on the bug, and you're counting aphids with the entomologists. Click on the satellite and take off for Mars. And if you really want to be amazed, click on the little microscope for a hyper-magnified view of the world.

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