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Fidget Spinner Toy Review

By: Mojo


Fidget Spinners are a stress relieving toy, but for some people, it is just a toy. During April 2017 they were very popular. They were originally invented as early as 1993. Most kids and teenagers use this toy, even at school. Some schools had to ban the toy because it became a distraction to other students. Fidget Spinners are a cool toy because you can do many tricks with them and you don't have to have much talent to do so.


Fidget Spinners have a variety of different manufacturers. That includes Hand Spinner, Spinning Widget, Spinner Fidget, Tri- Spinner, Fidget Hand Spinner, Triple Spinner, and of course, the original Fidget Spinner.


The coolest part of Fidget Spinners are the tricks that you can do with it. You can balance it on your nose, balance it on your finger, or even make it do a flip and still land it on your finger. There are a lot of different variations of tricks that you can do. All you have to do is look up Fidget Spinner tricks, and be amazed of how many different tricks you can do with your Fidget Spinner.


This toy deserves a rating of 4.7 stars since it is a really good toy and you can play with it for hours. The downside of the toy is that the bearings can come out or it can just flat-out break. The price of a Fidget can range anywhere from $4 to $10 or even $15 to $100 for a real gold one or really fancy ones.          

                                                                                                 

I would recommend this toy to anybody who has trouble focusing. It is a really good stress reliever and if you like to impress your friends that you can do really cool tricks, find a YouTube video and be satisfied. You can find this toy at 7-Eleven, Target, Toys-R-Us, or pretty much anywhere. Have fun spinning your new awesome toy.


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G. cuvier a.k.a The Tiger Shark

By Chrisr

Scientific Name / Binomial Name of Animal / Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Carcharhinidae

Genus: Galeocerdo

Species: G. cuvier

Binomial Name/Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier

Common Names: tiger shark, man-eater shark, sea tiger


Taxonomy and Phylogeny:

The tiger shark was first described in 1822 by Peron and Lesueur, and was given the name Squalus cuvier. Later in 1837, it was renamed Galeocerdo tigrinus by Müller and Helne. Galeocerdo, the genus, is from the Greek word galeos, which means shark, and the Latin word cerdus, which is the word for pig. The name “tiger shark” is currently its common name, because of the tiger-like stripes mainly on juveniles.


Characteristics:

A tiger shark is easy to identify with its tiger-like stripes and its blunt head. The tiger shark is usually around 10 feet and 8 inches to 13 feet and 11 inches. It weighs about 849 to 1,400 pounds. Sometimes very large males can sometimes grow up to 13 feet and 1 inch, and females, which are larger, can sometimes grow up to 16 feet and 5 inches. The skin of a tiger shark is usually gray, brown, black, or a combination of those colors, with a white or light yellow underbelly. Tiger sharks also have very unusual teeth which are unlike any other shark. Their teeth have very sharp serrations and a sideways pointing tip.

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Distribution and Habitat:

The tiger shark is mainly found in shallow coastal waters, generally in tropical and subtropical waters. These include the coasts of North America, South America, Africa, Southern Asia, and Australia.Unlike other sharks, the tiger shark does not live in cold or arctic waters.This is because it prefers warmer water and does not like cold water.

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Ecology and Behavior:

The tiger shark is generally nocturnal, but sometimes it feeds during the day because its food is out during the day. Tiger sharks are solitary hunters that have very keen vision and smell, and also have a powerful jaw. Because of that, they are known to eat almost anything including squid, jellyfish, dolphins, fish, other sharks, turtles, and many other things. Tiger sharks are also known to jump out of the water and onto the beach to catch a seal or jump out of the water to eat a bird. Although sharks rarely bite people, tiger sharks sometimes attack people. Some people even consider the tiger shark the most dangerous shark, while other people disagree and think that the Great White is more dangerous. Many things that are not food like baseballs and cans have also been found inside the stomachs of tiger sharks.

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Reproduction

Females usually mate once every three years. In the Northern Hemisphere, tiger sharks mate between March and May and give birth in April and June the following year. In the Southern Hemisphere, they mate in November, December, and early January. Tiger sharks are ovoviviparous, which means the eggs stay in the mother’s body until they are ready to hatch. A mother has a range of 10 to 80 babies. It is said to be unknown how long tiger shark’s lifespan is, but they generally live at least 12 years. Some people even say that it is possible that they can live up to 30 or 40 years.

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Conservation Status/Threats

Tiger sharks are sometimes killed for their fins, flesh, liver. Their fins and flesh are used for food, and their liver is used in the production of vitamin oils. Although it is unknown how many tiger sharks there truly are in the world, they are generally thought to not be too close to extinction. Tiger sharks are listed “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List, which means that they are likely to become endangered in the near future. As long as you don’t get in the way of tiger sharks, they can be very interesting creatures. People should really stop killing and fishing for tiger sharks, so tiger sharks will be around for a long time.


The Taggerung: a Tale of Redwall book review

By c.otter

Taggerung is about a young otter whose father was killed by an evil weasel called sawney rath and his juska rath clan when he was just a young baby. They train him to be a fierce and cunning fighter. But he realizes he is to pure of heart for the vermin clan. So he sets out to find his real name, home, and family. Meanwhile, the otter’s sister, mehra is intent on solving a riddle that may lead her to her long lost brother, named deyna. Will the good creatures triumph over the evil vermin? Read the book to find out!


The author of this book is brian jacques. He has also written other redwall books and castaways of the flying dutchman. The characters in this book are deyna, the main character, an otter with lethal fighting skills, Mehra, his kind sister intent on locating him, and sawney, evil leader of the juska clan. There is also gruven. His goal is to kill sawney and take control of the clan.


My favorite scene is the one where deyna meets the water vole named sekkendin. The vole first tries to attack, but tagg pins him down before he can. They eventually become friends and tagg stays with sekkendin and his family for the night. The voles sing songs and dance to lift deyna's spirits. I like this part because it is hilarious as the tiny voles crowd around the big otter in amazement. The next day, tagg sets out with some food on a small sailboat the voles made him.


I would give this book a 4.5 star rating because it is action packed and the author writes poems and songs that the animals sing, and confounding riddles and prophecies that they must solve. Brian jacques’s animal characters will make you pledge your loyalty to the creatures of redwall abbey and fume with anger at the villainous sawney rath.


I would recommend this book to anyone that likes animals. This book is full of them. Also anyone who likes the fantasy genre will love this book. This book is all about brave warriors and back stabbing thieves. If enjoy fantasy or animals and you're looking for a good read this book is for you.