Calculation. Please refer to the diagram below.
Note: Calories provide you with the energy needed to survive. Also note, only 10% of the energy that is taken in by one organism is available to the next organism that eats it. Example: If a chicken were to eat 100 Calories and then you were to eat the chicken, only 10 (10% of 100) of those Calories would be transferred to you. The rest is used by the chicken.
- Assume that the small fish eats enough phytoplankton to receive 100 Calories of energy. How much of that 100 Calories is left when it reaches the large fish?
- If the big fish eats the small fish, then the human eats the big fish, how many of the original 100 Calories taken in by the small fish is transferred to the human?