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Even though they live in the ocean, dolphins and whales are not fish! They are warm-blooded mammals that breathe air, and feed their calves milk, just like us. In fact, even though they have very smooth skinned bodies, they also have hair. Some shed these hairs when they are born, but others still retain small hairs on their faces.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean basin. At over 59 million square miles, the Pacific is over sixteen times larger than the entire surface area of the United States.
In the ocean, as on land, elements are constantly being cycled through different animals. An important player in this cycling process is bacteria. Bacteria can take organic matter, such as a fish carcass, and break it down to some of the essential compounds required for life. Bacteria sometimes get a dirty reputation, but they’re actually nature’s recyclers!
The mimic octopus is an incredible animal that can impersonate the appearance and movement patterns of a lionfish, crab, jellyfish, and many other animals. However, scientists have recently found a small jawfish whose coloration copies the mimic octopus, mimicking one of the octopus’ arms!
Rip currents, narrow plumes of water flowing out to sea, can move as quickly as eight feet per second. While panicked swimmers often try to fight the current, the easier way to get out of a rip current is to swim parallel to shore until the current releases you, and then swim back to land.
Biofluorescence, the ability of an organism to reflect blue light and re-emit is as a different color, has been documented in many marine animals including fish, coral, and crustaceans. Until July of 2015, it had never been recorded in a marine reptile. Marine biologist David Gruber of City University of New York and a team of colleagues were in the Solomon Islands to film biofluorescence on a coral reef. While on a night dive, they captured footage of a hawksbill turtle glowing with red, green, and yellow fluorescence. The hawksbill turtle is currently an endangered species, making this... (more)