What are the secondary and tertiary consumers of oceans?
Hi, I was working on the ocean ecosystem. So far, I have the producers and primary done. I was wondering what are the secondary and tertiary consumers of oceans? Thanks so much.
- MayLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The ocean is home to a myriad of life forms. So, where to begin? Well..
At the very bottom of the food chain are the producers, single-celled organisms that can make their own food. By using energy they absorb from sunlight, they take simple compounds from the water that they've absorbed through their cell walls and convert them into stored energy as sugar.
Next in the chain are the animals that feed on phytoplankton. They are the primary consumers, or the first consumers in the food chain. Then come the organisms that feed on the primary consumers, known as secondary consumers.
Finally, there are the tertiary consumers, the large fish and mammals that feed on the secondary consumers.
Primary consumer-- Squid, any crustaceans, etc smaller fish like sardines
Secondary consumer- Tuna, dolphines, bigger fish to eat the smaller, turtles
Tertirary consumer- Sharks, killer whales, whales
=)Source(s): studied ecology last week
- ktLv 71 decade ago
Secondary consumers are animals that eat the primary consumers, and tertiary ones eat the secondary.
So, if the primary consumers are small zooplankton, the secondary ones would be small fish, like menhaden, which would in turn be eater by larger game fish, liked striped bass or tuna.Source(s): Campbell & Reece, Biology, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menhaden
- DanielleLv 44 years ago
producers are marine algae, phytoplankton, diatom Primary consumers, zooplankton, shrimp, snail secondary consumers, sea angel, crab, tertiary consumers, sharks larger fish, turtles