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Which aggressive squid is an infamous cannibal?

September 18, 2017

By Earl Filskov   First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile in 1835 by French naturalist Alcide d’Orbigny, the Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) has developed a nasty reputation. In addition to […]

Do humboldt squids attack humans?

September 11, 2017

By Earl Filskov First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile in 1835 by French naturalist Alcide d’Orbigny, the Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) has developed a nasty reputation. In addition to cannibalizing […]

World’s oldest cephalopod: vampire squid

September 4, 2017

By Earl Filskov Menacingly, it slowly moves through the darkness of the ocean, at depths of more than 3,000 feet, in temperatures that are a numbing 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the Vampire Squid (literal […]

Which dolphin dives to 2,000 feet to find prey?

October 4, 2017

Fraser’s dolphins are capable of diving up to almost 2,000 feet (600 m) to feed on deep sea species of mesopelagic fish (e.g., myctophids), crustaceans (e.g., shrimp), and cephalopods (e.g., squid and octopus). They have […]

Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides)

December 20, 2016

  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Neophocaena SPECIES: phocaenoides TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater/freshwater HABITAT: Shallow waters along the coast of Asia and other Indonesian islands. […]

Peale’s Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus australis)

December 20, 2016

PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: australis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater HABITAT: Along the coast of southern South America LENGTH (maximum): 7Ft WEIGHT (maximum): […]

Heaviside’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)

December 20, 2016

PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: heavisidii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater HABITAT: Southwestern coast of Africa LENGTH (maximum): 5-6 Ft WEIGHT (maximum): 165 lbs […]

Arnoux’s Beaked Whale (Berardius arnuxii)

December 19, 2016

  Baird’s beaked whales, sometimes called “giant bottlenose whales,” are the largest members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). Females reach lengths of about 40 ft (13 m), while males are slightly smaller at about 35 ft (11.5 m). […]

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