• Do you know what a marine reserve is? Neither does Mel the Fish, even though he lives in one! Find out about a marine reserve along with Mel as he learns about his home in the ocean.




  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    amoeba Noun

    one-celled, shapeless organism (protozoan).

    benefit Verb

    to be helpful or useful.

    biodiversity Noun

    all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: biodiversity
    biomass Noun

    living organisms, and the energy contained within them.

    blue whale Noun

    species of marine mammal that is the largest animal to have ever lived.

    carnival Noun

    traveling show with games, performances, and food.

    commercial fishing Noun

    industry responsible for catching and selling fish.

    development Noun

    growth, or changing from one condition to another.

    Encyclopedic Entry: development
    ecosystem Noun

    community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ecosystem
    giant squid Noun

    deep-sea animal that can grow up to 12 meters (40 feet) long.

    marine reserve Noun

    part of the ocean where no fishing, hunting, drilling, or other development is allowed.

    Encyclopedic Entry: marine reserve
    ocean Noun

    large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ocean
    spillover effect Noun

    process by which fish are protected within a no-take zone, then produce more offspring and eventually migrate into nearby, unprotected areas.

    tourist Noun

    person who travels for pleasure.