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North Atlantic Ocean animal life

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Some of the animal life found in the North Atlantic Ocean includes:

What is the difference between a fish, shark, and whale?Read more.
By Blaise Jones When you look at a fish, a shark, and a whale, you [...] Read more.
How long do turtles live?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel They might not be the fastest individuals on the planet, but turtles [...] Read more.
What is Heterocercal?Read more.
What is Heterocercal? Heterocercal describes a caudal (tail) fin with different-sized lobes. ### Read more.
How does climate change affect coral reefs?Read more.
The varied effects of climate change are changing the ocean; these changes dramatically affect coral [...] Read more.
Order: Carnivora (Ursidae, Mustelidae, Otariidae, Phocidae, Odobenidae)Read more.
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided [...] Read more.
Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis)Read more.
Southern right whales are large “baleen” whales. Adults are generally between 45 and 55 feet [...] Read more.
What is “skim feeding”?Read more.
A simple method of feeding by baleen whales that happens at or near the surface where the [...] Read more.
What is NASA doing in the Great Barrier Reef?Read more.
From NASA A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth’s valuable and [...] Read more.
Arnoux’s Beaked Whale (Berardius arnuxii)Read more.
  Baird’s beaked whales, sometimes called “giant bottlenose whales,” are the largest members of the [...] Read more.
What should I do if I find a turtle in the road?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel If you spot a turtle crossing the road, it is helpful if [...] Read more.
Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?Read more.
Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications Until the early [...] Read more.
Benjamin Franklin published this map of the Gulf Stream in 1769.
What causes the Gulf Stream?Read more.
By Bob Baldwin Benjamin Franklin created the chart above to show the mysterious river of [...] Read more.
What are microplastics?Read more.
Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to [...] Read more.
What carnivore has the most highly-specialized teeth?Read more.
Crabeater Seal teeth are so unusual that many researchers consider them to be the most [...] Read more.
What can people do to help sharks?Read more.
By Blaise Jones How can a single individual have any effect on something as huge [...] Read more.
What dolphin gives birth up to 45 years old?Read more.
The Bottlenose Dolphin is known to give birth up to 45 years old. Females will [...] Read more.
Baird’s Beaked Whale (Berardius bairdii)Read more.
  Baird’s beaked whales, sometimes called “giant bottlenose whales,” are the largest members of the [...] Read more.
Pygmy Right Whale (Caperea marginata)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Neobalaenidae GENUS: Caperea SPECIES: marginata TOOTHED or  BALEEN: [...] Read more.
What are Pelvic Fins?Read more.
What are pelvic fins? Pelvic Fins:  The fin(s) on the bottom of fish that act [...] Read more.
Do all sharks eat meat?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Yes! All sharks are carnivores. No sharks actively eat plants. The closest [...] Read more.
Greenland shark lays claim to world’s oldest animalRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan If a report published last week in “Science” magazine is correct, [...] Read more.
True’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon mirus)Read more.
True’s beaked whales have a relatively small to medium-sized body with a moderately short beak, [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for a pioneer in scientific journalism?Read more.
Australia’s Heber Albert Longman (1880-1954) was a pioneer in scientific journalism, a self-taught scientist who [...] Read more.
How big will a box turtle grow?Read more.
Some of the most popular species of turtles to keep as a pet are box [...] Read more.
Which whale is named “two teeth”?Read more.
One of the elusive beaked whales, the Sowerby’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) was named for [...] Read more.
What are the Ampullae of Lorenzini?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Shark have a wide variety of amazing senses and none are more [...] Read more.
Dall’s Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)Read more.
  Dall’s porpoises are “high strung,” fast swimming members of the porpoise family and are [...] Read more.
What species suffered mass strandings in 2004 and 2008 due to sonar tests?Read more.
Sonar tests by ExxonMobil oil researchers as well as similar tests by the U.S. Navy [...] Read more.
Record for oldest shark in captivityRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
How are satellites used to observe the ocean?Read more.
Satellites can “see the sea” in ways that are otherwise impossible and are amazing tools for [...] Read more.
Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) aka South Asian River Dolphin, Blind River DolphinRead more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Platanistidae GENUS: Platanista SPECIES: gangetica TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
Do sharks care for their young?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks have been on this planet longer than the dinosaurs were. They’re [...] Read more.
What do turtles eat?Read more.
What do turtles eat? One of the most frequently-asked questions about turtles is: what do [...] Read more.
What is Sympatric?Read more.
What is sympatric? Sympatric is when two species that live in the same environment and overlap [...] Read more.
Which species is often called a Giant Bottlenose Whale?Read more.
Also called the Giant Bottlenose Whale, the Baird’s Beaked Whale (Berardius bairdii)  is the largest [...] Read more.
Which aggressive squid is an infamous cannibal?Read more.
By Earl Filskov   First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile [...] Read more.
What is a group of turtles called?Read more.
What is a group of turtles called? A group of turtles is called a “bale” [...] Read more.
Fin whale calls, vocalizationsRead more.
The 20-Hz signals of finback whales are perhaps one of the better described whale calls [...] Read more.
What cetacean is known as “white sides”?Read more.
Ironically, a distinctive yellow-beige streak on the side of a dolphin is a sure sign [...] Read more.
NOAA establishes international marine mammal bycatch criteria for U.S. importsRead more.
From NOAA Fish and fish products must meet protection standards comparable to the U.S. Last [...] Read more.
What does a narwhal tusk do?Read more.
  While the exact purpose of the narwhal’s famous tusk or horn – which is [...] Read more.
Which deadly animal has three hearts and blue blood?Read more.
By Earl Filskov Approximately 100 miles off the coast of Mexico in the Humboldt Current, [...] Read more.
What is difference between common snapping turtle and alligator snapping turtle?Read more.
Two of the most powerful and prehistoric-looking turtles in the world are the common snapping [...] Read more.
How good is a shark’s sense of eyesight?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, [...] Read more.
What is smallest shark in the world?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
How long is turtle gestation?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel As with most traits among turtles, the amount of time females can [...] Read more.
How do turtles eat?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Without teeth, an animal cannot chew its food in the traditional sense. [...] Read more.
The sharks that stabs humansRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What are the 10 most deadly sharks?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
Why are vaquitas disappearing?Read more.
By Amber Friend Why are Vaquita Disappearing? Vaquitas largest threat is a large fishing net [...] Read more.
What is the geoid?Read more.
From NOAA While we often think of the earth as a sphere, our planet is [...] Read more.
What is Dimorphism?Read more.
What is Dimorphism? Dimorphism is a characteristic in species that differentiates the males from the females. It [...] Read more.
These tanks, filled with water from the same source, show how mussels can filter the water. The tank on the right has mussels. The tank on the left doesn't. Photo credit: Virginia Tech.
Are mussels the secret answer to cleaning polluted water?Read more.
By Valerie K Clark Short answer: Yes, but should they be introduced to clean polluted [...] Read more.
Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta)Read more.
Loggerheads were named for their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws and enable them [...] Read more.
What is K Selection?Read more.
What is K Selection? One of two reproduction strategies for species, compared to its opposite, [...] Read more.
Is it illegal to have a Desert Tortoise?Read more.
Yes, unless you have an old desert tortoise. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...] Read more.
Longman’s Beaked Whale (Indopacetus pacificus)Read more.
Longman’s beaked whales, sometimes known as “tropical bottlenose” or “Indo-Pacific beaked whales,” are one of [...] Read more.
TIDAL BORES: the geology of aquatic boresRead more.
  By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine [...] Read more.
Indus River Dolphin (Platanista minor)Read more.
Status ESA Endangered – throughout its range MMPA Depleted – throughout its range CITES Appendix [...] Read more.
Which animal was last seen in 1952?Read more.
The last confirmed sighting of the Caribbean Monk Seal was in 1952 on Seranilla Bank [...] Read more.
What animal is named for the leaves of an herbal supplement?Read more.
Ginkgo biloba and other ginkgo-related supplements are taken from the ginkgo tree, a native of [...] Read more.
The New Jersey bull shark attacksRead more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
Eastern Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)Read more.
The mud turtle is a small, nondescript reptile, measuring 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm). The carapace [...] Read more.
When surfacing for air, which discrete cetacean does NOT splash?Read more.
When surfacing for air, the Harbor Porpoise will not splash and make a visible display [...] Read more.
Can I release my pet turtle into a local pond or stream?Read more.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. One of the worst things that a [...] Read more.
How do sharks find their prey?Read more.
By Blaise Jones While sharks are often compared to torpedoes, they’re really more like guided [...] Read more.
What kind of teeth do sharks have?Read more.
By Blaise Jones The teeth of all sharks are enlarged versions of their dermal denticles, [...] Read more.
Kamohoalii variations: Kalahiki or UnihipiliRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Why do turtles have tails?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel A turtle’s tail houses its reproductive organs, so without it, a turtle [...] Read more.
Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum)Read more.
Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Platysternidae Genus: Platysternon Species: megacephalum Description The big-headed turtle [...] Read more.
What is the difference between a hurricane watch and warning?Read more.
A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected whereas a watch means that conditions are [...] Read more.
Why do basking sharks swim with their mouth open?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Many people consider it in poor taste to walk around with your [...] Read more.
What is the most endangered cetacean (whale or relative)?Read more.
Also called the Cochito, the Vaquita (Phocoenca sinus) is the world’s most endangered cetacean with [...] Read more.
Kemp’s Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)Read more.
Adult Kemp’s ridleys are considered the smallest marine turtle in the world. Their top shell [...] Read more.
Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota)Read more.
Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Testudinidae Genus: Geochelone Species: platynota Description The Burmese star [...] Read more.
What do sea stars eat?Read more.
By Angelica Romero Blancas Despite having little to no eyesight, slow speed, and no brain, [...] Read more.
5 things separate turtles from other reptilesRead more.
By Stacey Venzel Members of the order Testudines, sometimes classified as Chelonia, “turtles” is a [...] Read more.
How sharks and trees age alikeRead more.
Yes, sharks and trees age alike. In fact, turtles age in a similar way, too. [...] Read more.
How long is the U.S. shoreline?Read more.
NOAA’s official value for the total length of the U.S. shoreline is 95,471 miles As [...] Read more.
What cetacean is a “squidhound”?Read more.
Canadian fishermen call the White-Beaked Dolphin a “squidhound” because squid is one of its favorite [...] Read more.
Leith’s Softshell Turtle (Aspideretes leithii)Read more.
  Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Trionychidae Genus: Aspideretes Species: leithii Description Leith’s softshell [...] Read more.
What is “sperm storage”?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Female reptiles are known to safeguard sperm for long periods of time [...] Read more.
Which whale is known for the many callosities that cover its head?Read more.
The plural form of callus, callosities are thick and hardened patches that give the North [...] Read more.
What do you call a group of fish?Read more.
What do you call a group of fish? Fish (in general): a draft, nest, school, [...] Read more.
Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei)Read more.
Fraser’s dolphins are members of the delphinid family. They are about 6-9 feet (2-2.7 m) long [...] Read more.
What is Biofluorescence?Read more.
What is Biofluorescence? Biofluorescence – the ability to absorb blue light from the sun, process [...] Read more.
Northern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus)Read more.
Northern bottlenose whales are the largest members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae) in the [...] Read more.
Why do scientists measure sea surface temperatures?Read more.
Sea surface temperature provides fundamental information on the global climate system. Because the ocean covers 71 [...] Read more.
Chesapeake Bay’s “dead zone” is more than 2M Olympic-sized poolsRead more.
By NOAA Hypoxic zone size affected by low river flow and nutrient loading Scientists expect [...] Read more.
What is the “smoothest” dolphin?Read more.
The scientific name Lissodelphis borealis is derived from the Greek word lissos (“smooth”) and the [...] Read more.
Are there oceans on other planets?Read more.
Earth is the only known planet to have bodies of liquid water on its surface. [...] Read more.
New Zealand Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri)Read more.
Hooker’s sea lions, also known as New Zealand sea lions, are one of only five [...] Read more.
Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis)Read more.
Rough-toothed dolphins are small members of the dolphin group that can grow up to 8.5 feet [...] Read more.
Meet “Casper” the newly-discovered octopus speciesRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan Ghosts surprise. That’s what they do. So it only makes sense [...] Read more.
What is a hurricane?Read more.
A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical [...] Read more.
MAMMAL DEMENTIA: HABs, CTE and the lost sea lionRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan The mysterious case of the sea lion crawling into the cattle [...] Read more.
How does climate change affect sharks?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Sharks of the Mississippi RiverRead more.
Sharks in the Mississippi River? You bet. On Sept. 8, 1937, fishermen caught a bull [...] Read more.
Which whale is hit by more vessels than any other?Read more.
According to a 2004 NOAA report on ship strikes documented from 1975-2002, the Fin Whale [...] Read more.
Southern (Antarctic) Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
BENAK: Malaysia’s aquatic anomaly, tourist attractionRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the [...] Read more.
Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)Read more.
Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) Identification: Carapace smooth, black, covered with scattered round yellow spots. Plastron [...] Read more.
On December 4, 2006, Japanese scientists videotaped this female giant squid alive. Credit: Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Museum of Nature and Science of Japan/AP
The Giant Squid: Separating Myth from FactsRead more.
By Shauna Bennett April 8, 2015 Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far [...] Read more.
Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Trichechidae GENUS: Trichechus SPECIES: inunguis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What do turtles eat?Read more.
In the wild, turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and fruit. [...] Read more.
What is a Storm Surge?Read more.
From NOAA Storm surge is the rise in seawater level caused solely by a storm. [...] Read more.
What are the horse latitudes?Read more.
The horse latitudes are subtropical regions known for calm winds and little precipitation. The horse latitudes [...] Read more.
What do box turtles eat?Read more.
In the wild, box turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and [...] Read more.
Which is the most rare of the large whales?Read more.
Living in the cold waters of the North Pacific Ocean from Japan and Russia to [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is known for its V-shaped head and chevrons?Read more.
Fin whales have a sleek, streamlined body with a V-shaped head. They have a tall, [...] Read more.
What is difference between hibernation, aestivation, and brumation?Read more.
What is the difference between hibernation, aestivation, and brumation? Though they are similar and often [...] Read more.
Do sharks hunt alone?Read more.
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other [...] Read more.
Can I own a Desert Tortoise?Read more.
Yes, unless you have an old desert tortoise. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...] Read more.
What is a “false crawl”?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Sea turtle nest-laying tracks are easily recognizable on beaches by flipper patterns [...] Read more.
What should I do if I find a baby turtle?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Baby humans are small but not nearly as small as baby turtles. [...] Read more.
Are turtles reptiles or amphibians?Read more.
Are turtles reptiles or amphibians? It’s one of the most popular questions about turtles, but [...] Read more.
Sentinel-Tribune story about “Today’s Dinosaurs”Read more.
To learn more, please go to the official page for Today’s Dinosaurs: A Complete Guide [...] Read more.
What is R Selection?Read more.
What is R Selection? One of two reproduction strategies for species, compared to its opposite [...] Read more.
Goblin warrior sharks of JapanRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
The hawksbill turtle diet consists mostly of which unusual prey?Read more.
The hawksbill turtle diet consists mostly of which weird animal? The average hawksbill turtle in [...] Read more.
Rise In Humboldt Squid Sightings May Be Sign of Global WarmingRead more.
By Earl Filskov March 8, 2015, 7:07 p.m. Humboldt Squid in Action / YouTube Approximately [...] Read more.
In February 2017 what weird animal record was set at an Indian beach?Read more.
In February 2017 what weird animal record was set at an Indian beach? The largest [...] Read more.
Saimaa Seal (Phoca hispida saimensis)Read more.
Saimaa seals, like other ringed seals, are short and stocky. Both males and females reach [...] Read more.
Black Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) aka Chilean dolphinRead more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: cephalorhynchus SPECIES: eutropia TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What does the ocean have waves?Read more.
Waves are created by energy passing through water, causing it to move in a circular [...] Read more.
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)Read more.
Like other dolphins of the genus Stenella, these are relatively small dolphins, reaching lengths of [...] Read more.
Which turtle was named for a Key West fisherman?Read more.
Which turtle was named for a Key West fisherman? The Kemp’s ridley turtle is named [...] Read more.
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)Read more.
Green turtles are the largest of all the hard-shelled sea turtles, but have a comparatively [...] Read more.
Why did four elephants stand on top of a tortoise?Read more.
Why did four elephants stand on top of a tortoise? Tribal myths, religions, and legends [...] Read more.
What is plankton?Read more.
  The group of small animal and plant organisms float or drift in massive numbers in fresh [...] Read more.
What is Oophagy (or “ovophagy”)?Read more.
What is Oophagy? Oophagy (also called “ovophagy”) is one of two forms of intrauterine cannibalism [...] Read more.
Vaquita
Endangered Vaquita Population Less than 100, How You Can Help TodayRead more.
By Amber Friend March 13, 2015, 9:17 a.m. History is not something that we just [...] Read more.
What is a shark skeleton made of?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are members of the group Chondrichthyes, which comes from the Greek [...] Read more.
Court-martialed for WWII shark attackRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
A swell shark egg, often referred to as a mermaid's purse. The growing shark pup inside can be seen through the thin outer shell. This photo was taken in the Northern Channel Islands in 2011. Photo credit: Vagabondvince310.
Do sharks lay eggs or give birth to live pups?Read more.
By Hannah Roddy Sharks are fascinating creatures, especially when it comes to discussing their reproduction [...] Read more.
North Atlantic Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
Andrew’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bowdoini)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: bowdoini TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What vulnerable marine mammal is related to elephants?Read more.
All four species in the Order Sirenia are distant relatives of the elephant: Amazonian manatee, [...] Read more.
Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi)Read more.
Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Chelidae Genus: Chelodina Species: mccordi Description The Roti Island [...] Read more.
Comparison of a bottlenose dolphin, one of the most popular ocean animals, versus the similarly-named dolphinfish, one of the most popular restaurant items, and the dolphinfish's closest relative, the Pompano dolphin. Images are not to scale.
Dolphin or dolphinfish: what’s the difference?Read more.
By Holly Lynn Anderson Clearing up the confusion between a dolphin and a dolphinfish illustrates [...] Read more.
Crabeater Seal videosRead more.
One of the most abundant seals on the planet is the Crabeater Seal, a resident [...] Read more.
Are turtles found in lakes, oceans, rivers or ponds?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel When it comes to water, turtles have a number of aquatic homes [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is a “Razorback”?Read more.
Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the second [...] Read more.
What natural predators do turtles have?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel When it comes to the fight or flight response for predator avoidance, [...] Read more.
Hooded Seal (Cystophora cristata)Read more.
Adult hooded seals have black heads and silver-gray coats with dark blotches of varying sizes [...] Read more.
Do humboldt squids attack humans?Read more.
By Earl Filskov First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile in [...] Read more.
Learn to speak Killer WhaleRead more.
Humans lack the physical body parts like phonic lips or a melon that some whales [...] Read more.
What nearly made the Roti Island Snake-Necked turtle extinct?Read more.
How did love nearly make the Roti Island Snake-Necked turtle extinct? Global affection for the Roti [...] Read more.
Long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis)Read more.
Long-beaked common dolphins are relatively small dolphins that can reach lengths of 6-8.5 ft (1.9-2.6 [...] Read more.
Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)Read more.
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest of the odontocetes (toothed whales) and the most [...] Read more.
Michigan Weekly Fishing Report (June 29-July 6, 2017)Read more.
From the Michigan DNR Southeast Lower Peninsula Lake Erie:  After strong winds and a few [...] Read more.
North Pacific Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
Which sea lion is named for a German naturalist and surgeon?Read more.
Considered to be a pioneer in the history of Alaska, Siberia and Russia, German explorer [...] Read more.
Which dolphin employs “roto-tailing”?Read more.
The only dolphin known to display the unique trait called “roto-tailing” is the Striped Dolphin. [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: EXTINCT IN THE WILD animalsRead more.
  The following animals are considered EXTINCT by the International Union for Conservation and Natural [...] Read more.
Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis)Read more.
Northern right whale dolphins are members of the delphinid family and the subfamily Lissodelphinae. They [...] Read more.
Do any whales crossbreed?Read more.
Yes, but it is uncommon. It is so unusual, in fact, that less than six [...] Read more.
Illustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL
What is a Sverdrup?Read more.
As revealed in our explanation about the Gulf Stream, the Sverdrup is used to measure [...] Read more.
What dolphin is “thick-toothed”?Read more.
The scientific name Pseudorca crassidens for the False Killer Whale gives an indication of the [...] Read more.
South American Sea Lion (Otaria flavescens)Read more.
The South American Sea Lion is the most abundant marine mammal occurring along the southern [...] Read more.
Which turtle eats more than half a ton of sponges each year?Read more.
Which turtle eats more than a half ton of sponges each year? The average hawksbill [...] Read more.
What makes a chart or map historic?Read more.
From NOAA NOAA considers a historical map or chart any map or chart that is [...] Read more.
How many penguins can a polar bear eat?Read more.
By Valerie Clark You might think that cute little penguins are natural prey for polar [...] Read more.
How many river dolphins exist?Read more.
By Earl Filskov We know so little about the planet Earth and its inhabitants, both [...] Read more.
Learn to speak Atlantic Minke WhaleRead more.
Approximately the size of a city bus, the Atlantic Minke Whale is the smallest of [...] Read more.
The bull shark (carcharhinus leucas) has valid claims to be the most dangerous shark in ALL waters. (Bull shark photo by Albert Kok is licensed under CC BY 2.0).
Bull Shark (carcharhinus leucas) Is The Real Bad Boy of The OceanRead more.
By Earl Filskov March 16, 2015; 6:57 p.m. There are currently 368 known species of [...] Read more.
Southern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis peronii)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lissodelphis SPECIES: peronii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Which animal is a “big-winged New Englander”?Read more.
With the scientific name of Megaptera novaeangliae, which means “big-winged New Englander,” the humpback whale [...] Read more.
What is the biggest source of ocean pollution?Read more.
Most ocean pollution begins on land.  Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes [...] Read more.
Do sea stars have eyes on their limbs?Read more.
By Angelica Romero Blancas While sea stars do have an eye at the end of [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for a painter?Read more.
One of the elusive beaked whales, the Sowerby’s beaked whale is named for James Sowerby [...] Read more.
WHO WINS: Megalodon vs. T-Rex?Read more.
Who would win in a battle between a Megalodon and Tyrannosaurus Rex? Even a Tyrannosaurus Rex [...] Read more.
What is a nautical chart?Read more.
From NOAA Nautical charts are key to safe navigation. A nautical chart is one of [...] Read more.
Round scars on the flank of a stranded female Gray's beaked whale (Mesoplodon grayi), probably from cookie-cutter shark bites. Photo credit: Avenue.
How can a cookie be a cigar? When it’s a parasite! Meet the cookie cutter sharkRead more.
By Taylor Rudow When most people hear the word shark, the cookie cutter shark is [...] Read more.
Captain Ahab’s “white whale” was which species?Read more.
“Call me Ishmael.” It very well may be the most quoted opening line to a [...] Read more.
Why is the ocean so salty?Read more.
By Jeremy Duncan Oceans cover approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and 97 percent [...] Read more.
Which tortoise has six legs?Read more.
Which tortoise has six legs? One of the most rare testudines in the world is [...] Read more.
False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)Read more.
False killer whales are large members of the dolphin family. Females reach lengths of 15 feet [...] Read more.
How often should I feed my turtle?Read more.
Your pet turtle will want something to eat every day, but sometimes it only needs [...] Read more.
Caspian Seal (Phoca caspica)Read more.
The Caspian Seal belongs to the Phocina group of northern seals, which includes the Ringed [...] Read more.
Despite their misleading name, which two whales cannot fly a plane?Read more.
  Both the Long-Finned Pilot Whale and the Short-Finned Pilot Whale were given their names [...] Read more.
Which sea turtle grows 6000 times its size in a lifetime?Read more.
Which sea turtle grows 6,000 times its size in a lifetime? Loggerhead turtles will grow [...] Read more.
What are the 10 “ice seals”?Read more.
There are 18 seal species in the world and 10 of them are located in [...] Read more.
What is a bight?Read more.
A bight is a long, gradual bend or recess in the shoreline that forms a [...] Read more.
What is the nictitating membrane?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Though sharks are some of the most ferocious predators in saltwater or [...] Read more.
VIRGIN BIRTH IN ANIMALS: automictic parthenogenesisRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Which species is known as the “Sneezing Dolphin”?Read more.
When the Indus River Dolphin surfaces to breathe it makes a sound similar to a [...] Read more.
Which blackfish has the most teeth?Read more.
With 20 to 26 pairs of teeth in each jaw, the Melon-Headed Whale has more [...] Read more.
What is Osmoregulation?Read more.
What is Osmoregulation? Osmoregulation is the ability to control the water balance in the body, [...] Read more.
What does an oceanographer do?Read more.
An oceanographer studies the ocean. Oceanography covers a wide range of topics, including marine life and [...] Read more.
Is the Kraken a real animal?Read more.
By Shauna Bennett Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the [...] Read more.
What can be done to help turtles?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles lived on this earth long before us, so they are very [...] Read more.
Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)Read more.
The Mediterranean monk seal is a phocid or “true” seal, and is the rarest and [...] Read more.
Which turtle has the fastest nesting turnaround time?Read more.
Which turtle has the fastest nesting turnaround time?The hawksbill turtle can complete an entire nesting [...] Read more.
Militarized recycling benefits aquatic researchRead more.
  By Scott A. Rowan Last month’s discovery by government researchers of what is believed [...] Read more.
Do sea stars regenerate body parts?Read more.
By Angelica Romero Blancas Regeneration is one of the most famous abilities that sea stars [...] Read more.
What is the Mariner’s 1-2-3 Rule?Read more.
From NOAA The Mariner’s 1-2-3 Rule is the guideline mariners follow to keep out of [...] Read more.
What is a “rorqual” whale?Read more.
Rorqual whales are baleen whales that are relatively streamlined in appearance and have pointed heads [...] Read more.
Which species gives birth to the largest offspring?Read more.
The African Elephant is the largest animal walking the earth, weighing up to 12,000 pounds [...] Read more.
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)Read more.
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Identification: Broad gray, brown, or olive (often algae covered) carapace [...] Read more.
Order: Carnivora (Ursidae, Mustelidae, Otariidae, Phocidae, Odobenidae)Read more.
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided [...] Read more.
What is world’s most endangered marine mammal?Read more.
  By Amber Friend History is not something that we just read about in books; [...] Read more.
Who is Akupara?Read more.
Who is Akupara? Tribal myths, religions, and legends have featured turtles, tortoises, and terrapins since [...] Read more.
World’s Most Dangerous CafeRead more.
Many aspects of great white sharks are still unknown. One of the biggest mysteries about [...] Read more.
Do turtles vomit?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Yes, turtles vomit. Turtles are capable of vomiting digested food and regurgitating [...] Read more.
What is the difference between a nautical mile and a knot?Read more.
From NOAA A nautical mile measures distance and a knot measures speed. A nautical mile [...] Read more.
Do any sharks live in rivers, streams or lakes?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are incredibly ecologically-flexible animals. They can be found in every sea [...] Read more.
Arctic OceanRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)Read more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Sotalia SPECIES: fluviatilis TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
Do turtles poop?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Yes, turtles defecate. A turtle’s food has to go somewhere, which becomes [...] Read more.
Green sea turtles grow to 3 feet but are just how many inches at birth?Read more.
Green sea turtles grow to 3 feet but are just how many inches at birth? [...] Read more.
North Atlantic (Northern) Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)Read more.
Right whales are large baleen whales. Females are larger than males. Distinguishing features include a [...] Read more.
Which whales has three popular populations named: Resident, Transient, and Offshore?Read more.
Scientific studies have revealed many different populations–or even potentially different species or subspecies–of killer whales [...] Read more.
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina)Read more.
Southern elephant seals are named after the large proboscis (nose) of the adult males, which [...] Read more.
What species is a “Sea Unicorn”?Read more.
Known as the “Sea Unicorn” and “Unicorn of the Ocean” and just about any other [...] Read more.
How do police catch turtle egg poachers?Read more.
How do police catch turtle egg poachers? One of the ways international groups catch poachers [...] Read more.
Closeup of a Galileo thermoscope.
What is the temperature at the bottom of the ocean?Read more.
By Jeannette Bedard  In the ocean, the surface is easy to observe. From antiquity, seafarers [...] Read more.
What do turtle’s eat?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Food is a motivating factor for any animal, not excluding turtles. From [...] Read more.
Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)Read more.
Sei whales (pronounced “say” or “sigh”) are members of the baleen whale family and are [...] Read more.
South Pacific Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
Southern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon planifrons)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Hyperoodon SPECIES: planifrons TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is the most easily identified?Read more.
As the only member of the whale family with no dorsal fin, the Northern Right [...] Read more.
What do Red-Eared Slider Turtles eat?Read more.
What do Red-Eared Slider Turtles eat? One of the most frequently-asked questions about turtles is: [...] Read more.
What is the Plimsoll line?Read more.
From NOAA A commercial ship is properly loaded when the ship’s waterline equals the ship’s [...] Read more.
How do I get NOAA nautical charts?Read more.
From NOAA Head to the NOAA Coast Survey website for the latest charting products. NOAA’s [...] Read more.
What is a wetland?Read more.
A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water. There are many [...] Read more.
What is Ram Filtration?Read more.
What is Ram Filtration? Ram Filtration is the respiration method used by filter-feeding sharks that swim [...] Read more.
Chinese River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) aka BaijiRead more.
• Read more about the Baiji – “Ghost of the River” … The Chinese river [...] Read more.
Order: Sirenia (Dugong, West African manatee, Amazonian manatee, West Indian manatee)Read more.
Sirenia include all manatees and dugongs. There are four living species of sirenia: Dugong West African [...] Read more.
Which whale has a “saddle”?Read more.
One of the largest dolphins in the world, reaching up to 25 feet (7.6 m) [...] Read more.
One person has 12 species named for him: 1 cetacean, 1 sheep and 10 mollusks. Who?Read more.
The Dall sheep, Dall’s porpoise and 10 species of mollusks are all named for William [...] Read more.
Which sea turtle has cleats?Read more.
Which sea turtle has cleats? Cleats for loggerhead turtles? Yes! Though they are good swimmers, [...] Read more.
Which species is largest of the beaked whales?Read more.
Also called the Giant Bottlenose Whale, the Baird’s Beaked Whale (Berardius bairdii)  is the largest [...] Read more.
Most powerful bite in animal kingdomRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What marine mammal has fingernails?Read more.
Either the West African manatee or the West Indian manatee is correct. All manatees are [...] Read more.
La Plata Dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) aka FranciscanaRead more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Pontoporiidae GENUS: Pontoporia SPECIES: blainvillei TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What is “bubble net feeding”?Read more.
Bubble Net Feeding is a highly-coordinated form of predatory feeding employed by humpback whales where [...] Read more.
How are tidal waves formed?Read more.
By Jeannette Bedard With each ebb and flow the shoreline changes. Rocks and sand are [...] Read more.
Do turtles have teeth?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel One of the distinguishing traits of a turtle is that it does [...] Read more.
Is the world on an elephant’s back?Read more.
Tribal myths, religions, and legends have featured turtles, tortoises, and terrapins since long before the [...] Read more.
POROROCA: the Amazon River’s aquatic “destroyer”Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the [...] Read more.
The official poster for Earth Hour 2015. (Photo credit: Earth Hour poster by EarthHour.orgis licensed under CC BY-AS 2.0.)
Earth Hour 2015: People Around the World Unite to Protect the PlanetRead more.
By Amber Friend March 23, 2015; 12:28 p.m. On March 28, 2015, at 8:30 pm [...] Read more.
First described in 1895, which dolphin wasn’t officially documented until 1971?Read more.
Scientist Francis Fraser is credited with being the first to describe a new species of [...] Read more.
Map or nautical chart? What’s the difference?Read more.
From NOAA A nautical chart is much more than a map. A nautical chart represents [...] Read more.
What is the deepest lake in the world?Read more.
By Humphrey Bwayo Ever wondered how deep the deepest lake in the world is? The [...] Read more.
Commerson’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)Read more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: commersonii TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
How are Atlantic Spotted and Clymene Dolphins related?Read more.
Both the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and the Clymene Dolphin are the only two members of [...] Read more.
What is Homocercal?Read more.
What is Homocercal? Homocercal describes a caudal (tail) fin with lobes of the same size.  It [...] Read more.
Fukushima rivers 200 times more radioactive then oceanRead more.
Tokyo – Radioactive contamination in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times [...] Read more.
What is PORTS? (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System)Read more.
PORTS® stands for Physical Oceanographic Real Time System. NOAA PORTS® is an information system that [...] Read more.
Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea)Read more.
  The Australian Sea-lion has a blunt snout, with small tightly rolled external ears. Males [...] Read more.
Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)Read more.
Size: Carapace (shell) length is 3 ½ -5 ½ inches in adult males, 6-9 inches [...] Read more.
Which turtle’s future is dire due to daytime nesting?Read more.
Which turtle’s future is dire due to daytime nesting? The Kemp’s ridley turtle is the [...] Read more.
What is seaweed?Read more.
From NOAA Some seaweeds are microscopic, such as the phytoplankton that live suspended in the [...] Read more.
Pygmy beaked whale (Mesoplodon peruvianus)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: peruvianus TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What do baby turtles eat?Read more.
In the wild, turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and fruit. [...] Read more.
Hagfish mouth.
HAGFISH DAY: meet the world’s grossest animal (and a living dinosaur)Read more.
This third Wednesday in October is Hagfish Day, created to help popularize one of the [...] Read more.
Only the males of which whale species have teeth?Read more.
Only the male members of the True’s beaked whale have teeth, mostly likely used to [...] Read more.
Hear killer whale accents and dialectsRead more.
  RESIDENT, TRANSIENT, or OFFSHORE Vocalizations of the three killer whale ecotypes, the fish-eating (resident) [...] Read more.
What is Supernormal Stimuli?Read more.
What is Supernormal Stimuli? Supernormal stimuli – An unusually excessive stimulation that activates primitive senses [...] Read more.
BORED TO DEATH: rivers that killRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan Yes, you can get bored to death. Don’t worry, however, you [...] Read more.
What is a Spiracle?Read more.
What is a Spiracle? Spiracle is a respiratory opening that allows water to flow over flow [...] Read more.
What 3 seals are named for monks?Read more.
The three “monk” seals are either extinct – Caribbean Monk Seal (Monachus tropicalis) – or [...] Read more.
Can turtles find their way home?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel While many turtles move from one home to another, they are not [...] Read more.
What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon?Read more.
The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where [...] Read more.
Which animal lives the longest?Read more.
Based on research and recent proof from a century-old harpoon, scientists believe the bowhead whale [...] Read more.
Coral reef fish change to warming watersRead more.
From the University of Texas PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Ocean warming is occurring at such [...] Read more.
What is a “blackfish”?Read more.
The term “blackfish” is a general reference phrase referring to one of several species of [...] Read more.
What is “bycatch”?Read more.
What is “bycatch”? Bycatch: The unintended capture of species not targeted by fish nets or other [...] Read more.
New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)Read more.
Fur seals and sea lions are distinguished from other seals by their external ear flaps [...] Read more.
Flying tiger sharks of WWIIRead more.
  Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator [...] Read more.
Are we living in a sixth extinction?Read more.
By Ker Than, Stanford University An unprecedented pattern of extinction in the oceans today that [...] Read more.
What makes notothenoid fish so weird?Read more.
  By Earl Filskov When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica’s Ross [...] Read more.
What is the only dolphin without a dorsal fin?Read more.
One of the most easily distinguished dolphins in the world due to its lack of [...] Read more.
What dolphin is believed to be reincarnated people sent to save those drowning?Read more.
One of the few dolphins in the world able to swim in both freshwater and [...] Read more.
How many species of turtles exist today?Read more.
  By Stacey Venzel First appearing on the planet 245 million years ago, the turtles [...] Read more.
Why did the crab bite the turtle?Read more.
Why did the crab bite the turtle? Because dogs are natural predator of turtles, terrapins, and [...] Read more.
What are the doldrums?Read more.
The “doldrums” is a popular nautical term that refers to the belt around the Earth [...] Read more.
What is ocean noise?Read more.
Ocean noise refers to sounds made by human activities that can interfere with or obscure [...] Read more.
South Atlantic Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
World’s most endangered porpoise: vaquitaRead more.
  By Amber Friend The history-making extinction of aquatic animals is not just a thing [...] Read more.
Why is shark skin so rough?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Shark skin is often described as feeling like sandpaper, but in actuality [...] Read more.
Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata)Read more.
Pygmy killer whales are small members of the dolphin group. They can reach a length [...] Read more.
Do fish sleep?Read more.
While most fish rest by reducing their activity and metabolism, fish “sleep” is different from [...] Read more.
What is the difference between a threatened and endangered species?Read more.
From NOAA Under the Endangered Species Act, a species may be listed as either threatened [...] Read more.
Time lapse photos of sea star eating, its protruding stomach is the white material (Photo credit: lizwason/wordpress).
Is It Sea Star? Or Starfish? Or ‘Asteriod’?Read more.
By Angelica Romero Blancas March 14, 2015, 8:57 a.m. What lies in the ocean can [...] Read more.
Humpback Whale (Megeptera novaeangliae)Read more.
Humpback whales are well known for their long “pectoral” fins, which can be up to [...] Read more.
What are High Seas Forecasts?Read more.
From NOAA NOAA’s High Seas Forecasts are weather forecasts and data transmitted around the world [...] Read more.
Strangest shark bite in historyRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What is Teleost?Read more.
What is Teleost? Teleost is the largest group of bony fish that have fins and swim [...] Read more.
How deep can a California Sea Lion dive?Read more.
California sea lion can dive as deep as:   1,000 feet 1,500 feet 2,000 feet [...] Read more.
Northern Fur Seal (Callorhinus ursinus)Read more.
Northern fur seals are members of the “eared seal” family (Otariidae). They have a stocky [...] Read more.
Methane emissions stable as Alaska warmsRead more.
By NOAA Analysis of nearly three decades of air samples from Alaska’s North Slope shows [...] Read more.
What animal blows air into ice cracks to feed?Read more.
The Weddell Seal is the only seal that lives permanently in the icy waters of [...] Read more.
Where do vaquitas live?Read more.
By Amber Friend Vaquitas can be found in the shallow, murky ocean waters of the [...] Read more.
How many shark attacks around world each year?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: data incomplete on these animalsRead more.
The following animals have insufficient enough research to fully determine their vulnerability and are classified [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is a “devil fish”?Read more.
Due to their violent reactions after being harpooned by whalers, Gray Whales earned the nickname [...] Read more.
What is aquaculture?Read more.
Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms [...] Read more.
What is Adelphophagy?Read more.
What is Adelphophagy? One of two forms of intrauterine cannibalism where the pup eats his [...] Read more.
Which is only sea turtle that does not live in the ocean?Read more.
Which sea turtle is the only one that does NOT live in in the ocean? [...] Read more.
Jaws by Peter Benchley.
DAH-DUM, DAH-DUM: The real story behind “Jaws”Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Terror surrounding the great white shark received a major boost in 1974 [...] Read more.
Straptoothed Whale (Mesoplodon layardii) aka Layard’s beaked whaleRead more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: layardii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What is the largest seal?Read more.
Northern elephant seals are the largest phocid, or “true” seal, in the Northern Hemisphere. Fully [...] Read more.
Ribbon Seal (Phoca fasciata)Read more.
The ribbon seal is one of nine species of ice seals inhabiting the Arctic and [...] Read more.
What is “bow riding”?Read more.
Bow riding is when marine mammals swim near the front part (the bow) of a [...] Read more.
How large do bull sharks grow?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)Read more.
The leatherback is the largest turtle–and one of the largest living reptiles–in the world. The [...] Read more.
Burmeister’s Porpoise (Phocoena spinipinnis)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Phocoena SPECIES: spinipinnis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What are the largest and smallest living turtles?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Determining the biggest and smallest of turtle species can be difficult. Is [...] Read more.
What animals hunt sharks?Read more.
Watch these orcas work together as a team to kill a tiger shark using tonic [...] Read more.
Where do penguins live?Read more.
By Valerie Clark You might think that cute little penguins are natural prey for polar [...] Read more.
Which two whales squirt ink like squid for defense?Read more.
An unusual characteristic that distinguishes dwarf sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales from other cetacean [...] Read more.
Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)Read more.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Cetacea Family: Delphinidae Genus: Sousa Species: chinensis TOOTHED [...] Read more.
Which animal was named for Floridian Richard M. Kemp?Read more.
Which sea turtle was named for Floridian Richard M. Kemp? The Kemp’s ridley turtle is named for [...] Read more.
Which whale “summers” in Alaska or New England and “winters” in the Caribbean?Read more.
Regularly migrating from Alaska to Hawaii and back again in the Pacific Ocean (and New [...] Read more.
What are those weird U-Turns on the beach?Read more.
What are those weird U-turns on the beach? Sometimes sea turtles change their minds after [...] Read more.
Oceans of the worldRead more.
How many oceans are there? This is a trick question of sorts. The correct answer [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: vulnerable animalsRead more.
The following animals are considered VULNERABLE by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): [...] Read more.
What is bathymetry?Read more.
From NOAA The term “bathymetry” originally referred to the ocean’s depth relative to sea level, [...] Read more.
What animal’s underwater call is loud enough to be heard through Antarctic ice?Read more.
The calls of the Weddell Seal are so loud that researchers can easily hear them [...] Read more.
What is an Interdorsal Ridge?Read more.
What is an Interdorsal Ridge? The interdorsal ridge is an area between the first and second dorsal fins [...] Read more.
How long do turtles live?Read more.
Before you get a pet turtle, please watch this video (don’t worry, it’s less than [...] Read more.
What is the Caudal Peduncle?Read more.
What is the Caudal Peduncle? The caudal peduncle is the tapered region of the shark [...] Read more.
Are sharks important?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Many sharks occupy spaces near the top of their ecosystem’s food chain. [...] Read more.
Can sharks get sick?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are amazingly resilient to disease. Research has indicated that sharks may [...] Read more.
The largest animal in the ocean during the Early Ordovician was actually a shrimp ancestor from what is modern-day Morocco: Aegirocassis benmoulae. (Photo Credit: Aegirocassis benmoulae by Nobu Tamura is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
No Oxymoron Here: Shrimp Was Largest CreatureRead more.
By Earl Filskov April 17, 2015 Butterflies, cockroaches, spiders, horseshoe crabs and lobsters are known [...] Read more.
Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia sima)Read more.
Dwarf sperm whales are in the family Kogiidae. They can reach lengths of up to [...] Read more.
What species was first named “FitzRoy’s Dolphin” by Charles Darwin?Read more.
In 1831 Charles Darwin was invited by Capt. Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865) to be the naturalist [...] Read more.
Which turtle has the best defense?Read more.
Which turtle has the best defense? The turtle with the best defense just may be [...] Read more.
Which cetacean was named for a famous Norwegian sailor?Read more.
Johan Bryde (1858-1925) was a Norwegian whaler who later was co-founder of the South African [...] Read more.
Why the Air Force copies sharksRead more.
Every country’s air force copies sharks when it comes to painting nearly every airplane, especially [...] Read more.
Stejneger’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon stejnegeri)Read more.
Stejneger’s beaked whales, sometimes known as the “Bering Sea beaked whale” or the “Saber-toothed whale,” [...] Read more.
What biotoxin does turtle meat carry?Read more.
What biotoxin does turtle meat carry? A 2013 medical study revealed that eating turtle meat [...] Read more.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella plagiodon)Read more.
Atlantic spotted dolphins are members of the delphinid family. They are about 5-7.5 feet (1.6-2.3 m) [...] Read more.
Ross Seal (Ommatophoca rossii)Read more.
They are slightly smaller on average than leopard and crabeater seals, reaching about 3 metres [...] Read more.
How do sharks breathe?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Like most large marine organisms, sharks breathe through their gills. Gills are [...] Read more.
What is only dolphin species found in Southern Ocean?Read more.
  The only dolphin found in the Southern Ocean is the Hourglass Dolphin. One of [...] Read more.
Do turtles change colors?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel  Just like human babies have different needs from adults, turtles use varying [...] Read more.
False map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica)Read more.
False map turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica) False Map Turtles are very similar to Ouachita Map Turtles. [...] Read more.
What dolphin does not have any teeth in the upper jaw?Read more.
With only 4-14 teeth in the lower jaw and usually none in the upper jaw, [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for a whaler and Smithsonian Institute executive?Read more.
It may sound horrific today that a respected animal researcher would not just work with [...] Read more.
What is a thermocline?Read more.
A thermocline is the transition layer between warmer mixed water at the ocean’s surface and [...] Read more.
What are the most threatened turtles in the world?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel An increasing number of threats face the Testudines family resulting in more [...] Read more.
What do bull sharks eat?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
What endangered animal’s name is Spanish for “little cow”?Read more.
Spanish for “little cow,” the vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the the world’s most endangered cetacean [...] Read more.
What do Box Turtles eat?Read more.
What do Box Turtles eat? One of the most frequently-asked questions about turtles is: what [...] Read more.
What does BENTHIC mean?Read more.
What does BENTHIC mean? Benthic: of or relating to the bottom of a body of water [...] Read more.
The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) can grow to 24 feet and thanks to antifreeze elements in its system its meat is poisonous to humans. Photo Credit: NOAA OKEANOS Explorer Program , 2013 Northeast U. S. Canyons Expedition
Why don’t Arctic and Antarctic fish freeze to death? Antifreeze!Read more.
By Valerie Clark Many fish are cold-blooded, which means their body temperature is set by [...] Read more.
Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)Read more.
Atlantic white-sided dolphins have a robust body, short beak, and a distinct color pattern, including [...] Read more.
What is countershading?Read more.
  By Blaise Jones While sharks come in all shades and colors, most people picture [...] Read more.
Perrysburg Messenger Journal talks with Stacey Venzel about “Today’s Dinosaurs”Read more.
To learn more, please go to the official page for Today’s Dinosaurs: A Complete Guide [...] Read more.
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)Read more.
Weight: 8 lbs. – 15 lbs Sexual Maturity: 15 – 20 years Height: 4″- 6″ Mating [...] Read more.
Which dolphin species is often confused with seals when first seen?Read more.
The only dolphin found in the Southern Ocean is the Hourglass Dolphin. One of the [...] Read more.
Do turtles have ears?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles have a good sense of hearing, but not up to par [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: endangered animalsRead more.
The following animals are considered ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): [...] Read more.
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) aka BotoRead more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Iniidae GENUS: Inia SPECIES: geoffrensis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: EXTINCT animalsRead more.
The following animals are considered EXTINCT by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources [...] Read more.
Spectacled Porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Phocoena SPECIES: dioptrica TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Is the Earth round?Read more.
The Earth is an irregularly shaped ellipsoid. While the Earth appears to be round when [...] Read more.
What are “Arctic Pork Rinds”?Read more.
  A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, [...] Read more.
What is ocean etiquette?Read more.
Promoting responsible encounters with marine wildlife and their natural habitats. Wildlife viewing is a popular [...] Read more.
Notothenioid fish under Antarctic use have developed some unusual ways to avoid freezing. (Photo credit: Icefish larvae by Uwe Kils is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 photo resized)
Meet the Notothenioid Fish: Antarctic Icefish Uses Antifreeze in Blood to SurviveRead more.
By Shauna Bennett March 25, 2015, 4:23 p.m. Near Antarctica, the seawaters are congested with [...] Read more.
What Antarctic predator “backlights” its prey?Read more.
The Weddell Seal is the only seal that lives permanently in the icy waters of [...] Read more.
Do sharks see in color or black and white?Read more.
By Blaise Jones The short answer is no, probably not. But as with all things [...] Read more.
What is Bioluminescence?Read more.
What is Bioluminescence? Bioluminescence – an animal’s ability to generate light without an external light [...] Read more.
Brazil announces Amazon dam cancelledRead more.
Brasilia, Brazil – Last month the Brazilian environmental agency, IBAMA, announced the licensing process to [...] Read more.
Do turtles make good pets?Read more.
No, turtles do not make good pets. They are popular, but they are not a [...] Read more.
LETHAL ATTRACTION: China’s Qiantang River tidal boreRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the [...] Read more.
Do sharks hunt humans?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Of all the animals on this planet, sharks arguably have the worst [...] Read more.
Do turtles fart?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Yes, turtles fart. Gas build-up in the stomach can make turtles fart. [...] Read more.
Can I sell turtles I find?Read more.
No, probably not. Each state has laws governing the purchase and selling of wild animals, [...] Read more.
Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps)Read more.
Pygmy sperm whales are small members of the toothed whale group, and one of two [...] Read more.
How heavy are bull sharks?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
The viper fish uses bioluminescence to draw prey close enough to use its infamously large fangs to eat them. Notice how their teeth are so large they cannot fit inside their skull. (Photo credit: viper fish by AnimalJam.Wikia)
Predatory Deception: Bioluminescence, Camouflage Lure Prey to DinnerRead more.
By Amber Friend March 24, 2015, 9:01 a.m. Underwater predators use many tricky methods to [...] Read more.
Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis)Read more.
Taxonomy Class: Reptilia Order: Testudines Family: Geoemydidae Genus: Batagur Species: borneoensis Description Female painted terrapins [...] Read more.
What are Pectoral Fins?Read more.
What are Pectoral Fins? Pectoral Fins are the pair of fins that extend from the chest [...] Read more.
What seal dives 2,000 feet under ice to avoid predators?Read more.
The Weddell Seal lives in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, along the coast [...] Read more.
Which regions of the world are home to turtles?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel When it comes to water, turtles have a number of aquatic homes [...] Read more.
Why do turtles bask in the sun?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Tourists roll out beach towels to soak up the sun’s rays in [...] Read more.
NOAA recommends $9M in coastal habitat restorationRead more.
From NOAA $9 Million in Funding for Coastal Habitat Restoration Projects to Benefit Fish This [...] Read more.
Which Antarctic whale is 85 percent of the diet for killer whales?Read more.
In the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, killer whales feast on Antarctic Minke Whales [...] Read more.
What is eating the eyes of Greenland sharks?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What is a plastron?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan The plastron is the bottom (ventral) half of the shell for [...] Read more.
Which animal has the longest migration?Read more.
The Arctic Tern earns the No. 1 spot for longest migration of any animal, covering [...] Read more.
Can turtles drown?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles can drown if they are not able to surface to the [...] Read more.
What is Plankton?Read more.
What is Plankton? Plankton: Microscopic animals (zooplankton) and plants (phytoplankton) that float in the ocean and [...] Read more.
What is Ovovivparous?Read more.
What is ovovivparous? Ovovivparous is reproduction by gestation of eggs inside the mother’s body. Unlike mammals [...] Read more.
Do turtles cause any problems for humans?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Mosquitoes and other annoying creatures dubbed pests are unwelcome for a reason, [...] Read more.
How much does a green sea turtle weigh?Read more.
How much does a green sea turtle weigh at birth? Weighing about half a pound at [...] Read more.
Do turtles sleep?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel  Every creature needs to be able to rest, but not all of [...] Read more.
Burial at sea: a tradition rooted in shark fearsRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
How does overfishing threaten coral reefs?Read more.
Overfishing can deplete key reef species and damage coral habitat. Coral reef ecosystems support important [...] Read more.
Why did the otter bite the turtle?Read more.
Why did the otter bite the turtle? Because otters are natural predators of turtles, terrapins, and [...] Read more.
What animal has the largest brain?Read more.
Approximately five times larger than the human brain, the Sperm Whale has the largest brain [...] Read more.
How long do turtles live?Read more.
On average, turtles can live to be about 80 years old. Life span varies from [...] Read more.
How many spots are on Atlantic Spotted Dolphin pups at birth?Read more.
None. Atlantic Spotted Dolphins are born without any spots and look very much like slender [...] Read more.
Which whale went from “simus” to “sima” in 1998?Read more.
In 1998 authorities officially changed the scientific name of the Dwarf Sperm Whale from Kogia [...] Read more.
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)Read more.
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Identification: Greenish or brown carapace marked with yellow and black [...] Read more.
What is Forchhammer’s Principle?Read more.
Forchhammer’s Principle refers to the chemical composition of ocean water. In 1865, the Danish geologist [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is a “Finback”?Read more.
  Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the [...] Read more.
What are DERMAL DENTICLES?Read more.
What are DERMAL DENTICLES? Dermal Denticles are scales covering the skin of sharks that more [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for a newspaper publisher?Read more.
Australia’s Heber Albert Longman (1880-1954) was a pioneer in scientific journalism, a self-taught scientist who [...] Read more.
What seal has the most southern habitat? Where?Read more.
The Weddell Seal has the most southern habitat of any seal in the world, living [...] Read more.
What dolphin became its own species in 1981?Read more.
Clymene Dolphins, sometimes known as the “short-snouted spinner dolphin,” are relatively small delphinids. In 1981, [...] Read more.
What are barbels on a shark?Read more.
What are barbels on a shark? Whisker-like organs that dangle from the sides of the [...] Read more.
When and how often do turtles lay eggs?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel While a human giving birth to quintuplets makes headlines, turtles should really [...] Read more.
Where are the most sharks in the world?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks can be found all over the world with only a few [...] Read more.
Do sharks chew their food or swallow it whole?Read more.
By Blaise Jones A large part of the fearsome reputation of sharks comes from the [...] Read more.
What aquatic animals are named for mythological sea creatures?Read more.
The three manatee species (Amazonian manatee, West African manatee, West Indian manatee) and the dugong are [...] Read more.
Some ailments people believe shark body parts healRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii)Read more.
Weddell seals are found near the fast ice of the Antarctic continent, and some nearby [...] Read more.
White-Beaked Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)Read more.
White-beaked dolphins, sometimes called “squidhounds” by fishermen in Canada, are relatively small delphinids (Reeves et [...] Read more.
How many sharks are endangered?Read more.
    By Blaise Jones Sharks have survived every major extinction event that has hit [...] Read more.
SHARK SUPERPOWERS: sharks have more than five sensesRead more.
Five senses? Big deal! Humans have five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Sharks [...] Read more.
U.S. reefs face increased bleaching, warmer watersRead more.
By NOAA A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs across around the world [...] Read more.
Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus)Read more.
Risso’s dolphins, sometimes called “gray dolphins,” have a robust body with a narrow tailstock. These [...] Read more.
Are turtles social?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Social behavior is not always as complex as forming friendships, raising families [...] Read more.
Do turtles fart, poop, vomit, or burp?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Yes, turtles can be just as rude and gross as humans. Farting, [...] Read more.
Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx)Read more.
Adult male Leopard Seals are 2.8 to 3.3 m long and weigh up to 300 [...] Read more.
Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and Northwest Atlantic are the 3 U.S. stocks of which “tiny killer”?Read more.
Found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world, the Pygmy [...] Read more.
What is a Lateral Line?Read more.
What is a Lateral Line? The lateral line is a series of pores along the [...] Read more.
Weekly Michigan Fishing Report (June 22-29, 2017)Read more.
From the Michigan DNR: Southeast Lower Peninsula Lake Erie: A lot of undersize walleye have [...] Read more.
The discovery of water molecules buried within blue ringwoodite, which is found hundreds of miles inside the Earth, may be empirical evidence that the world's largest ocean is subterranean. Photo credit: Jasperox.
World’s largest ocean has never been seenRead more.
By Rachel Sloan The biggest ocean in the world has never been seen, according to [...] Read more.
What is Viviparous?Read more.
What is Viviparous? Viviparous – Reproduction by live birth, such as with humans and dogs. [...] Read more.
Sperm whale calls, vocalizationsRead more.
The sperm whale was hunted voraciously up until 1988 for the waxy spermaceti oil in [...] Read more.
What factors determine how many eggs a turtle lays?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Sea turtles lay hundreds of eggs in a season compared to only [...] Read more.
Bizarre “Shark Arm Murder” mysteryRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Michigan fishing report (July 27-August 2)Read more.
  Good fishing continues around the state.  Some areas are reporting excellent catch rates for [...] Read more.
What disease can humans catch from eating turtle meat?Read more.
What disease can humans catch from eating turtle meat? A 2013 medical study revealed that [...] Read more.
Top ten dangers at the beachRead more.
Trips to the beach aren’t always fun in the sun. Plan your summer beach visit [...] Read more.
Gervais’ Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon europaeus)Read more.
Gervais’ beaked whales, sometimes called the “Antillean” or “Gulf Stream beaked whale,” are little known [...] Read more.
What is the whale delicacy “maktaq”?Read more.
A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, maktaaq), [...] Read more.
Which dolphin was declared “functionally extinct” in 2006?Read more.
In 2006, and again in 2012, marine researchers reluctantly declared the Chinese River Dolphin, also known [...] Read more.
What is the smallest cetacean (whale or whale relative)?Read more.
The world’s smallest known cetacean is the Vaquita (Phocoenca sinus). Also known as the Cochito, [...] Read more.
Mexican conservationists battle to save rare two-headed turtleRead more.
By Stacey Venzel In Mexico, the government protects sea turtles with militia members patrolling the [...] Read more.
Baikal Seal (Phoca sibirica)Read more.
  The Baikal Seal belongs to the Phocina group of northern seals, which includes the [...] Read more.
Long-finned pilot whale calls, vocalizationsRead more.
Long-finned pilot whales are commonly seen in tight, sociable pods and sub-groups (usually containing more [...] Read more.
Texas freshwater fishing report (July 26-Aug 1)Read more.
Texas freshwater fishing report (July 26 – August 1) ALAN HENRYWater clear on the main [...] Read more.
What dolphin was made popular by tourists in New Zealand?Read more.
In New Zealand, one of the main tourist attractions is swimming with Dusky Dolphins. Despite [...] Read more.
Guadalupe Fur Seal (Arctocephalus townsendi)Read more.
Guadalupe fur seals are members of the “eared seal” family, Otariidae. Guadalupe fur seals are [...] Read more.
How do bull sharks swim in freshwater?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
The Yangtze River dolphin (also called the baiji) is believed to be extinct.
Ghost in the river: Is the Yangtze River dolphin Extinct?Read more.
By Brian Gruters Compared to its chipper, bottlenose cousins, the baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin, [...] Read more.
Do sharks hunt in packs or are they solitary hunters?Read more.
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other [...] Read more.
Which species smashes through Arctic ice 6 feet thick with its head?Read more.
Built like a torpedo with a massive shell on the front end to penetrate a [...] Read more.
Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)Read more.
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Part [...] Read more.
How big is the Atlantic Ocean?Read more.
From NOAA The Atlantic Ocean covers an area of approximately 41,105,000 square miles. Covering approximately [...] Read more.
What is the difference between a “bale” and “creep”?Read more.
What is the difference between a “bale” and a “creep”? A group of turtles is [...] Read more.
How did the Pacific Ocean get its name?Read more.
From NOAA In 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, in the employ of Spain, began a [...] Read more.
What natural predators do turtles have?Read more.
It can be mean being green! Turtles, terrapins, and tortoises face a wide variety of [...] Read more.
Blanding’s Turtle (Emys blandingii)Read more.
Blanding’s Turtle (Emys blandingii) Identification: Carapace smooth and dome like, black, often with yellow speckles. [...] Read more.
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)Read more.
Harbor porpoises have a small, robust body with a short, blunt beak. Females are slightly [...] Read more.
Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)Read more.
Subspecies of the spinner dolphin include: Eastern spinner (Stenella longirostris orientalis) Central American spinner (Stenella [...] Read more.
Are sharks cold-blooded or warm-blooded?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks have a reputation as “cold-blooded killers” and despite how negative that [...] Read more.
What is a carapace?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan A carapace is a dorsal (top) shell or exoskeleton that often [...] Read more.
Which animal’s scientific name refers to the Cape of Good Hope?Read more.
The scientific name of the Long-Beaked Common Dolphin – Delphinus capensis – refers to the [...] Read more.
What are the biggest threats to turtles?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Hunting, habitat destruction, food shortage, global warming, pollution, litter, boating, fishing and [...] Read more.
Dugong (Dugong dugon)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Dugongidae GENUS: Dugong SPECIES: dugon TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Biofluorescence vs. bioluminescence: what’s the difference?Read more.
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world’s first recording of a reptile [...] Read more.
Flatback Turtle (Natator depressus)Read more.
Of the seven species of sea turtles, the flatback turtle has the smallest distribution range, [...] Read more.
What is “lobtailing”?Read more.
Lobtailing is when a cetacean lifts its fluke (tail) out of the water and slaps [...] Read more.
Known as a mermaid's purse, the egg sac of oviparous sharks allows the pup to develop. Note the long, curly tendrils that help the egg attach to seaweed and remain out of harm's way until birth. This is the egg of a lesser spotted dogfish from Wales. Credit: Tom Oates, 2009.
What is a Mermaid’s Purse?Read more.
By Scott Rowan Sharks have two ways to birth that vary from species to species: [...] Read more.
What animal was named for semenRead more.
The largest of all the toothed whales (odontocetes), the Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was a [...] Read more.
Texas freshwater fishing report (June 28-July 5, 2017)Read more.
Freshwater Weekly Fishing ReportWeek of June 28, 2017 From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department ALAN [...] Read more.
A “hookfin porpoise” is actually which animal?Read more.
Even though they are dolphins and not porpoises, the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin is sometimes referred [...] Read more.
What is the largest seal?Read more.
The largest seal in the world tips the scales at more than 8,800 pounds (4,000 [...] Read more.
Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)Read more.
Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) As its scientific name, Glyptemys insculpta, implies, the shell of the [...] Read more.
Which is the fastest whale?Read more.
Able to reach speeds of 35 mph (56 kmh), both the Sei Whale and the [...] Read more.
What are spring and neap tides?Read more.
A spring tide—popularly known as a “King Tide”—refers to the ‘springing forth’ of the tide [...] Read more.
Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus)Read more.
Gray whales are mysticetes, or baleen whales. Gray whales are the only species in the [...] Read more.
How do sharks navigate?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are masters of their environment. Every aspect of their physiology is [...] Read more.
What are the trade winds?Read more.
Early commerce to the Americas relied on the trade winds—the prevailing easterly winds that circle [...] Read more.
What is the most mysterious whale in the world?Read more.
Each of the 22 species of beaked whale are notorious for being mysterious, avoiding contact [...] Read more.
What is the world’s largest turtle?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel A gentle giant roams the depths of our oceans, and it’s not [...] Read more.
Which turtle species was identified in 1988?Read more.
Which turtle species was identified in 1988?The seventh and most recent member of the sea [...] Read more.
Why did the dog bite the turtle?Read more.
Why did the dog bite the turtle? Because dogs are natural predators of turtles, terrapins, and [...] Read more.
What is Sexual Dimorphism?Read more.
What is Sexual Dimorphism? Sexual Dimorphism is the physical difference between male and female individuals [...] Read more.
only one thing keeps sharks from spinning like bullet in waterRead more.
Only one thing keeps sharks from spinning like a bullet in water and that is [...] Read more.
Peale’s Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus australis)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: australis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Do sea stars have brains?Read more.
By Angelica Romero Blancas As they are not actually fish, the technically-correct term for these [...] Read more.
Do all turtles swim?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Of the three Testudines categories, only terrapins and turtles swim; tortoises do [...] Read more.
How long does it take to make a nautical chart?Read more.
From NOAA The time needed to make a new nautical chart depends on how many [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for a Norwegian whaler who made a big mistake?Read more.
Sometimes a mistake is never forgotten and such is the legend of how the name [...] Read more.
Chances of a shark attackRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Skeleton comparison of spinosaurus aegyptiacus and typical penguin
Was The Prehistoric Penguin An Apex Predator?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan The penguin thrashed the shark, eating most of it whole, but [...] Read more.
Blainville’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon densirostris)Read more.
Blainville’s beaked whales, sometimes known as the “dense-beaked whale,” are little known members of the [...] Read more.
Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)Read more.
Gopher tortoises are dry-land turtles that usually live in relatively well-drained, sandy soils generally associated [...] Read more.
Bleached branching coral (foreground) and normal branching coral (background). Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef.
Why should I care about global warming?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Over the last one hundred years, the average temperature on our planet [...] Read more.
How many kinds of sharks are there?Read more.
By Blaise Jones With new shark species being discovered all the time, the exact number [...] Read more.
What is the Tasseled Wobbegong Shark?Read more.
By Amber Friend Underwater predators use many tricky methods to lure potential prey close enough [...] Read more.
How are turtles born?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Every turtle hatches from an egg. Each group of eggs is called [...] Read more.
Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens)Read more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: ginkgodens TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)Read more.
Blue whales are baleen whales and are found worldwide. Blue whales in the Northern Hemisphere [...] Read more.
What is the largest animal ever?Read more.
Weighing more than 330,000 pounds (150,000 kg) and measuring more than 100 feet (30 m), [...] Read more.
Order: Cetacea (Odontoceti, Mysticeti)Read more.
All whales, dolphins and porpoises are cetaceans, which have two categories: toothed and baleen (toothless). [...] Read more.
Which whale sometimes freezes to death in fast-forming ice?Read more.
Found only in the Arctic Ocean and nearby waters, the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) lives beneath [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: near threatened animalsRead more.
  The following animals are considered NEAR THREATENED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural [...] Read more.
WANTED: Marine Biology ConsultantRead more.
  Love education as much as you do marine animals? Have a college degree in [...] Read more.
Subantarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis)Read more.
The subantarctic fur seal is a small, carnivorous marine mammal. This species is sexually dimorphic, [...] Read more.
Clymene Dolphin (Stenella clymene)Read more.
Clymene dolphins, sometimes known as the “short-snouted spinner dolphin,” are relatively small delphinids. In 1981, [...] Read more.
What dolphin is the only one to completely spin out of the water?Read more.
Making as many as four body revolutions in one leap, the Spinner Dolphin is the [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: critically endangered animalsRead more.
The following animals are considered CRITICALLY ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources [...] Read more.
Which famous “whale” species is actually the largest dolphin?Read more.
Though they’re common name may be misleading, the Killer Whale is neither a “killer” nor [...] Read more.
What are the different shark fins used for?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are amazingly adapted animals, and nowhere is that more apparent than [...] Read more.
What is a vaquita?Read more.
By Amber Friend A vaquita is the smallest living cetacean (pronounced sĭ-tā′shən). Cetaceans are made [...] Read more.
Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)Read more.
Northern elephant seals are the largest phocid, or “true” seal, in the Northern Hemisphere. Fully [...] Read more.
Why did the raccoon bite the turtle?Read more.
Why did the raccoon bite the turtle? Because raccoons are natural predators of turtles, terrapins, and [...] Read more.
Brown Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) aka South African Fur Seal or Australian Fur SealRead more.
Afro-Australian Fur Seals are the largest of all Fur Seals. Mean asymptotic mass and length [...] Read more.
What is difference between Pleurodira and Cryptodira?Read more.
All turtles fall into one of two subgroups: Pleurodira or Cryptodira. Pleurodira turtles are known [...] Read more.
Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias jubatus)Read more.
The Steller sea lion, also known as the northern sea lion, is the largest member [...] Read more.
What is a seiche?Read more.
A seiche is a standing wave oscillating in a body of water. If you have [...] Read more.
Coral outcrop on Flynn Reef at The Great Barrier Reef. Photo credit: Toby Hudson.
What are the biggest threats to reefs?Read more.
By Emma Corradini Though coral reefs protect an estimated 25 percent of all marine life, these [...] Read more.
Do turtles have bones?Read more.
Yes, turtles have bones. The shell is made up of a carapace and plastron, which [...] Read more.
What is the cloaca?Read more.
What is the cloaca? The cloaca is the cavity at the end of the digestive [...] Read more.
How do sharks defend themselves?Read more.
  By Blaise Jones In a related story, Blaise Jones explained that there are many [...] Read more.
How many species of shark exist?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
What is bioflourescence?Read more.
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world’s first recording of a reptile [...] Read more.
How good is a shark’s sense of smell?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, [...] Read more.
Can turtles leave their shell?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Unlike hermit crabs who rent multiple shells in a lifetime from other [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is often confused for a Sei whale?Read more.
Though both whales are rorqual whales, the Sei whale grows to 60 feet (18 m) [...] Read more.
What are “Pork Rinds of the North”?Read more.
  A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, [...] Read more.
How do sharks reproduce?Read more.
By Blaise Jones As it is with many other aspects of shark biology, the method [...] Read more.
Why is it important to study tides?Read more.
  From NOAA Scientists measure the times, heights, and extents of both the rise and [...] Read more.
What is Oviparous?Read more.
What is oviparous? Oviparous is reproduction by laying eggs, which very few species of sharks do. [...] Read more.
What is the Coriolis Effect?Read more.
  The Coriolis Effect, in combination with an area of high pressure, causes the prevailing [...] Read more.
What do turtles eat in the wild?Read more.
In the wild, turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and fruit. [...] Read more.
Is the Giant Squid and Colossal Squid the same?Read more.
By Shauna Bennett April 8, 2015 Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far [...] Read more.
Why do sharks swim at surface with their dorsal fin exposed?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Few images are as iconic and terrifying as that of a shark’s [...] Read more.
Spyhopping great white sharksRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What is a red tide?Read more.
A “red tide” is a common term used for a harmful algal bloom. Harmful algal [...] Read more.
How did the white-bellied Black Dolphin earn its name?Read more.
The Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) is also known as the Black Dolphin. It earned the [...] Read more.
What is the only ocean with no sharks?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks possess a very adaptable physiology which lets them thrive in almost [...] Read more.
Narwhal (Monodon monoceros)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Monodontidae GENUS: Monodon SPECIES: monoceros TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
How Native Americans gave us the word “shark”Read more.
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Weddell Seal videosRead more.
Here are a few videos that will help quickly introduce you to the Weddell Seal [...] Read more.
How do they know how old a shark is?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Determining the age of a shark is a difficult and imprecise without [...] Read more.
Which popular marine mammal hunts prey by “fish whacking”?Read more.
The popular television show “Flipper” (1964-67) made the Bottlenose Dolphin one of the world’s most [...] Read more.
A “short-snouted spinner dolphin” is actually what cetacean?Read more.
The Clymene Dolphin will sometimes spin when it comes out of the water, leading to [...] Read more.
What is “spyhopping”?Read more.
Spyhopping is when whales and dolphins raise their heads vertically out of the water. Likened [...] Read more.
Which species is the largest of the beaked whales?Read more.
Growing to approximately 32 feet (9.8 m) and 17,000 pounds (7,500 kg), the Northern Bottlenose [...] Read more.
Are sharks good for the environment?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are apex predators; they sit atop of the food chain with [...] Read more.
Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica)Read more.
Common Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) Identification: Green, olive, or brown carapace has irregular (“map like”) [...] Read more.
Hubb’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon carlhubbsi)Read more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: carlhubbsi TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is so aggressive you won’t find it in captivity?Read more.
Technically a dolphin and not a whale, the Pygmy Killer Whale has a very misleading [...] Read more.
What are scutes?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan A scute is a plate of hardened keratin found on many [...] Read more.
California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)Read more.
California sea lions are members of the “eared seal” family, Otariidae. They are the most [...] Read more.
Spotted Seal (Phoca largha)Read more.
Spotted seals are members of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. They have a round head, [...] Read more.
What animal was filmed for first time in February 2012?Read more.
While tracking blue whales off the coast of Australia, Australian researchers set marine mammal history [...] Read more.
What is Ocean Acidification?Read more.
Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended [...] Read more.
What can turtles eat other than turtle food?Read more.
In the wild, turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and fruit. [...] Read more.
Hector’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon hectori)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: hectori TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What is the Anal Fin?Read more.
What is the Anal Fin? The anal fin on the bottom of most sharks. Located [...] Read more.
What color is an iceberg?Read more.
The colorful hues of icebergs result from the interplay of light with dense ice, ice [...] Read more.
Do turtles burp?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Yes, turtles belch at times. Burping is caused by expelling air out through [...] Read more.
What is a perigean spring tide?Read more.
  From NOAA What is a perigean spring tide? A perigean spring tide occurs when [...] Read more.
What is countershading?Read more.
What is countershading? Countershading is the exterior camouflage coloring of many animals where the top [...] Read more.
Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)Read more.
Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in North America. They weigh between 155 [...] Read more.
What is Bioamplification?Read more.
What is Bioamplification? Bioamplification (also called “biomagnification”): the increase of toxin pollutants within species as they [...] Read more.
Check out the world’s first glow-in-the-dark turtleRead more.
The latest proof of the vast amount that we still do not know about the [...] Read more.
What is an ocean current?Read more.
The term “current” describes the motion of the ocean. Ocean currents are driven by wind, water [...] Read more.
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)Read more.
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Identification: The low, smooth carapace is black or olive, with red [...] Read more.
Are there any sharks without countershading?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Countershading is a very important part of what make sharks such efficient [...] Read more.
What poaching arrest record was set in Mexico City?Read more.
What arrest record for animals was set in Mexico City? One of the biggest threats [...] Read more.
Which mammal lives the longest?Read more.
Based on research and recent proof from a century-old harpoon, scientists believe the bowhead whale [...] Read more.
Do any fish live in the Antarctic Ocean?Read more.
By Earl Filskov When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica’s Ross Ice [...] Read more.
What is so unusual about a yellow-margined box turtle’s defense?Read more.
Why is the yellow-margined box turtle’s defense weird? The turtle with the best defense just [...] Read more.
Which whale has a “false gill” that makes it look like a shark?Read more.
A bracket-shaped marking that is usually white or light gray behind the eye, is a [...] Read more.
Caribbean Monk Seal (Monachus tropicalis)Read more.
The Caribbean monk seal, also known as the “West Indian” monk seal, is a phocid [...] Read more.
Beer comes to the rescue for marine lifeRead more.
  By Scott A. Rowan Now you can have a beer and enjoy it guilt-free [...] Read more.
What is a narwhal tusk made of?Read more.
The tusk of a narwhal is actually a long tooth that has grown beyond the [...] Read more.
How smart are turtles?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Defining the intelligence of a turtle can be subjective as it is [...] Read more.
What do Red-Eared Sliders eat?Read more.
In the wild, red-eared sliders are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and [...] Read more.
How many sharks are born at one time?Read more.
By Blaise Jones The reproductive habits of sharks have long been a mystery to science. [...] Read more.
What is marine biogeography?Read more.
Marine biogeography is the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and [...] Read more.
What does Ectotherm mean?Read more.
What does Ectotherm mean? Also known as cold-blooded, these animals need an external heat source [...] Read more.
Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides)Read more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Neophocaena SPECIES: phocaenoides TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
How a Hashtag Can Help Save Oceans: #NatureIsSpeakingRead more.
By Amy Duncan March 4, 2015; 6:18 p.m. Everyday 500 million tweets are sent worldwide. [...] Read more.
What is a group of herring called?Read more.
What is a group of herring called? An army. A group of herring is called [...] Read more.
What are krill?Read more.
Krill are small (2 inches / 5.5 cm) shrimp-like crustaceans that are found throughout the [...] Read more.
Sea otters in the wild. Photo credit: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire.
TOP SECRET SUCCESS STORY: conspiracy saved sea ottersRead more.
By Stacey Venzel The unheralded discovery of a colony of California sea otters in 1915 [...] Read more.
Learn to speak humpback whaleRead more.
Though the vocalizations of killer whales is one of the most complex, especially given the [...] Read more.
What is the Caudal Keel?Read more.
What is the Caudal Keel? The caudal keel is a muscular mound found on the body [...] Read more.
What is hydrography?Read more.
Hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of bodies of water. [...] Read more.
MASCARET: battling the Seine River boreRead more.
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the [...] Read more.
Common Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) aka Northern Minke WhaleRead more.
Minke whales are members of the baleen whale family and are the smallest of the [...] Read more.
Sowerby’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon bidens)Read more.
Sowerby’s beaked whales, sometimes known as the “North Atlantic beaked whale,” are little known members [...] Read more.
What are the most and least abundant shark species in the world?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Determining which shark species are the most abundant is no easy tasks. [...] Read more.
What seal covers the most distance on land? Where?Read more.
The Crabeater Seal just may cover more distance on land than any other seal. Living [...] Read more.
Albert the Orca Explains Echolocation to The Super FinsRead more.
Albert the Orca Explains Echolocation to The Super FinsIllustrated by Jim SiergeyWritten by Scott A. [...] Read more.
North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica)Read more.
Right whales are large baleen whales. Adults are generally 45-55 feet (13.7-16.7 m) in length and can [...] Read more.
Long-Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas)Read more.
Long-finned pilot whales are one of the largest members of the dolphin family. Males can [...] Read more.
What is the Caudal Fin?Read more.
What is the Caudal Fin? The caudal fin is the large bifurcated tail fin on [...] Read more.
Why do animals have “bioflourescent” or “bioluminescent” abilities?Read more.
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world’s first recording of a reptile [...] Read more.
Which species is named for a student who famously upset his teacher?Read more.
Also known as the “dense-beaked whale,” the Blainville’s Beaked Whale is named for Henri Marie [...] Read more.
West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus)Read more.
The West Indian manatee is currently divided into two subspecies: the Florida and Antillean manatees. Florida [...] Read more.
Why are GPS transmitters in turtle eggs?Read more.
Why are GPS transmitters in turtle eggs? One of the ways international groups catch poachers [...] Read more.
Was the real “Jaws” a bull shark?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
Which beaked whale is the most studied because whalers gave the dead to researchers?Read more.
While marine biology enthusiasts will never praise a predatory industry like whaling, one unexpected positive [...] Read more.
What are phytoplankton?Read more.
Phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, are similar to terrestrial plants in that they contain chlorophyll [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is a “streaker”?Read more.
In tropical areas of the eastern Pacific Ocean, fisherman and field biologists refer to the [...] Read more.
Is the Giant Squid real?Read more.
By Shauna Bennett Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the [...] Read more.
What should you do if attacked by a shark?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Of all the animals on this planet, sharks arguably have the worst [...] Read more.
Which cetacean is a “Common Rorqual”?Read more.
  Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the [...] Read more.
Which shark is known as an “elephant shark”?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)Read more.
The beluga whale is a small, white-toothed whale. Adult belugas may reach a length of [...] Read more.
Researchers in Antarctica with the Deep-SCINI rover. (Photo credit: Linuxgizmos.com)
Ice Cold: Living Under Antarctica’s Ross Ice ShelfRead more.
By Earl Filskov April 1, 2015 When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the [...] Read more.
Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)Read more.
Bowhead whales are mysticetes, which means they have “baleen” plates instead of teeth for filtering [...] Read more.
How fast do turtles grow?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Compared to other animals, turtles take their time making ticks on the [...] Read more.
Did prehistoric shrimp rule ancient oceans?Read more.
By Earl Filskov April 17, 2015 Butterflies, cockroaches, spiders, horseshoe crabs and lobsters are known [...] Read more.
What is the most adaptive dolphin in the world?Read more.
Though not found in freshwater rivers, the Bottlenose Dolphin has been spotted in every ocean [...] Read more.
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens)Read more.
Pacific white-sided dolphins have a robust body and a very short beak. They have an [...] Read more.
Galapagos Fur Seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis)Read more.
With a population size of about 50,000, the Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus, subspecies: wollebacki) [...] Read more.
What is an oil seep?Read more.
An oil seep is a natural leak of crude oil and gas that migrates up [...] Read more.
Can a turtle flip over?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles are almost always able to rotate from their backs to their [...] Read more.
Which sea turtle is only one to nest during the day?Read more.
Which sea turtle is the only one to nest in daylight? The Kemp’s ridley turtle [...] Read more.
Which sea turtle dives half a mile for food?Read more.
Which sea turtle dives more than half a mile down for food? Leatherback turtles routinely [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is only found off the tip of South America?Read more.
One of the most rare dolphins in the world due to its limited distribution is [...] Read more.
How often do sharks eat?Read more.
By Blaise Jones A large part of the fearsome reputation of sharks comes from the [...] Read more.
Antarctic Minke Whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis)Read more.
    The Antarctic Minke Whale is more robust than the other large rorquals (large [...] Read more.
Why do turtles believe in “lucky” No. 13?Read more.
    -TSF- #turtles #terrapins #tortoises #TSF Read more.
Where do fish go when it freezes outside?Read more.
Most fish slow down and “rest” near the bottom during cold winter months. Have you [...] Read more.
What are the Roaring Forties?Read more.
Sailors call the latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees south of the equator the Roaring [...] Read more.
Word “mako” came from MaoriRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What is a group of sharks called?Read more.
What is a group of sharks called? Shiver. A group of sharks is called a [...] Read more.
What is the Sargasso Sea?Read more.
What is the Sargasso Sea? The Sargasso Sea is the world’s only sea that does [...] Read more.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)Read more.
  Walruses, whose latin name translates as “tooth-walking sea horse”, are found in the Northern [...] Read more.
What is Storm Quicklook?Read more.
From NOAA NOAA’s Storm QuickLook Provides Near Real-Time Ocean and Meteorological Conditions During a Tropical [...] Read more.
The males of which whale species are known for their “white hat”?Read more.
One of the more easily-recognized whales due to the white patch on its head that [...] Read more.
Do turtles migrate?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Snowbirds—Ohioans and avians—head south to Florida for the winter. Turtles have their [...] Read more.
How long do box turtles live?Read more.
Box turtles are known to live up to 100 years old. On average, turtles can [...] Read more.
What is the only vegetarian sea turtle?Read more.
Which sea turtle is only one that is a vegetarian? Green turtles are the only aquatic [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is often confused with seals?Read more.
While it would be difficult to confuse most dolphins for a seal or sea lion, [...] Read more.
Which sea turtle has the longest migration?Read more.
Which sea turtle has the longest migration? One of the longest migrations in the world [...] Read more.
Pinniped or fissiped? What’s the difference?Read more.
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided [...] Read more.
Which dolphin is also called a “bhulan” or “susu”?Read more.
The endangered Indus River Dolphin is native to the Indus River in Pakistan, where it [...] Read more.
Melon-Headed Whale (Peponocephala electra)Read more.
Melon-headed whales are small members of the dolphin group. They can reach a length of [...] Read more.
How long can a California Sea Lion hold its breath?Read more.
How long can a California Sea Lion hold his breath?   6 minutes 12 minutes [...] Read more.
Which dolphin has the most teeth?Read more.
The Long-Beaked Common Dolphin has more teeth than any other dolphin, with up to 67 [...] Read more.
Why do turtles eat plastic?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Aquatic turtles are used to chomping at things floating through the water, [...] Read more.
What cetacean is named for a famous polyglot and malacologist?Read more.
The Dall’s porpoise is named for American naturalist William Healey Dall (1845-1927) who published more [...] Read more.
What is “seaspeak”?Read more.
From NOAA Seaspeak is the official language of navigators the world over. Have you ever [...] Read more.
What makes notothenoid fish so weird?Read more.
  By Earl Filskov When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica’s Ross [...] Read more.
What are dermal plates?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan Since the age of dinosaurs, animals have developed many defensive techniques, [...] Read more.
What do the numbers mean on a nautical chart?Read more.
From NOAA Numbers on a nautical chart are depth measurements. Water depths are measured by [...] Read more.
Are all fish cold-blooded?Read more.
The opah is the only known fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its [...] Read more.
Bog Turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii)Read more.
The bog turtle reaches a maximum length of 4.5 inches.  A bright yellow or orange [...] Read more.
Iceland’s poisonous seafood delicacyRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
NASA helps whales sharks researchRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Which whale is the “Antillean”?Read more.
Known as the Antillean or “Gulf Stream beaked whale,” the Gervais Beaked Whale is named [...] Read more.
Where can turtles be found?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel When it comes to water, turtles have a number of aquatic homes [...] Read more.
Weirdest squid in the worldRead more.
By Amber Friend Underwater predators use many tricky methods to lure potential prey close enough [...] Read more.
Which is the second largest dolphin in the world?Read more.
Technically a dolphin and not a whale, the Short-Finned Pilot Whale is the second largest [...] Read more.
What are Chondrichthyes?Read more.
What are Chondrichthyes? Chondrichthyes:  Fish with cartilage skeletons such as sharks. ### Read more.
Which whale is named for a noted biographer?Read more.
The only beaked whale found in the waters off of Alaska, the Stejneger’s beaked whale [...] Read more.
What is the difference between weather and climate?Read more.
From NOAA We hear about weather and climate all of the time. Most of us [...] Read more.
MEGAMOUTH SHARK: world’s most mysterious sharkRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
World’s First Aquatic, Animated News Network – The Super FinsRead more.
Want to change the world, but not sure how one person can help? Join The [...] Read more.
What are gills?Read more.
What are gills? Gills are a paired set of respiratory organs that allows fish and some amphibians [...] Read more.
What is Tonic Immobility?Read more.
What is Tonic Immobility? Tonic Immobility:  A momentary state of paralysis that can be induced [...] Read more.
What are claspers?Read more.
What are claspers? Claspers are the male sexual organs located under the shark in the [...] Read more.
How many teeth does a shark have in its lifetime?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks have some of the most amazing mouths in the animal kingdom. [...] Read more.
What is a narwhal tusk used for?Read more.
  While the exact purpose of the narwhal’s famous tusk or horn – which is [...] Read more.
Ouachita map turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis)Read more.
Ouachita map turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis) Ouachita Map Turtles are very similar to False Map Turtles. [...] Read more.
Juan Fernandez Fur Seal (Arctocephalus philippii)Read more.
The Juan Fernández Fur Seal is a polygynous species. Based on sealer observations made during [...] Read more.
Learn to speak False Killer WhaleRead more.
No, humans cannot actually speak the same way a whale does. But work is underway [...] Read more.
Aerial view of a blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest animal in the world. Photo credit: NOAA.
What is the largest animal on the planet?Read more.
By Angelica Hernandez  When we think of the largest animals in the ocean, a few [...] Read more.
Antarctic Fur Seal (Arctocephalus gazella)Read more.
Fur seals are the smallest seals and closely related to dogs and sea lions, able [...] Read more.
What is oldest pet-owner relationship in history?Read more.
What is the oldest pet-and-owner relationship in history? In 2006 the longest pet-owner relationship in [...] Read more.
What are beach advisories and beach closures?Read more.
Beach advisories and beach closures occur when water testing reveals the presence of one or [...] Read more.
What cetacean is a “bottle beak”?Read more.
The scientific name Lagenorhynchus albirostris for the White-Beaked Dolphin is derived from the Latin word [...] Read more.
What is a Rostrum?Read more.
What is a Rostrum? Rostrum is the most forward tip of the head or “nose” of [...] Read more.
What is a group of trout called?Read more.
What is the name of a group of trout? Hover. A group of trout is [...] Read more.
What is the favorite food of the Crabeater Seal?Read more.
Krill. The Crabeater Seal does not eat crab, it only eats krill. The seal earned [...] Read more.
Do tortoises swim?Read more.
Do tortoises swim? What about terrapins? Do all turtles and their relatives swim? Stacey Venzel, [...] Read more.
Atlantic Humpbacked Dolphin (Sousa teuszii)Read more.
The Atlantic Humpback Dolphin is endemic to the eastern tropical Atlantic, where it is limited [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for pollock?Read more.
Found in the subpolar and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, the [...] Read more.
Do sharks sleep?Read more.
By Blaise Jones The exact nature and biological reason behind sleep is still a mystery [...] Read more.
Which dolphin has a mustache?Read more.
The Clymene Dolphin does not have a traditional, hairy mustache, but the markings on its [...] Read more.
Which “barking” pinniped has become an entertainment favorite?Read more.
The star of countless circus acts and appearances in shows and movies, the California sea [...] Read more.
Indian Ocean animal lifeRead more.
Go directly to other pages that share the animals found in those oceans: North Pacific [...] Read more.
What cool event is an “arribada”?Read more.
What cool event is an “arribada”? Only two turtle species – the Kemp’s ridley and [...] Read more.
Which whale is named for the first curator of the Smithsonian Institute?Read more.
  Naturalist, ichthyologist (person who studies fish) and ornithologist (person who studies birds), Spencer F. [...] Read more.
All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World's Most Misunderstood Predator by Blaise Jones
World’s most up-to-date shark source debuts with “All About Sharks”Read more.
The third book in the line of edu-tainment titles from The Super Fins will hit [...] Read more.
What is a datum?Read more.
From NOAA A geodetic datum is an abstract coordinate system with a reference surface (such [...] Read more.
THREAT LEVEL: least concern animalsRead more.
The following animals are considered LEAST CONCERN by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources [...] Read more.
Which porpoise is a dolphin?Read more.
Sometimes call a “hookfin porpoise,” the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is actually a dolphin. [...] Read more.
Are turtles important?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel For hundreds of years, turtles have played an important role in human [...] Read more.
Why do ships use “port” and “starboard” instead of “left” and “right”?Read more.
Unlike left and right, “port” and “starboard” refer to fixed locations on a vessel. Since [...] Read more.
What is a slough?Read more.
A slough is a swamp or shallow lake system, usually a backwater to a larger [...] Read more.
Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)Read more.
Striped dolphins are some of the most abundant and widespread dolphins in the world. These [...] Read more.
Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera spinifera)Read more.
Spiny Soft-shell Turtle (Apalone spinifera spinifera) Identification: Smooth, flat, “rubbery,” skin-covered shell lacks scutes and [...] Read more.
A 300-pound green sea turtle weighs only how much at birth?Read more.
A 300-pound green turtle weighs only how much at birth? Weighing about half a pound at [...] Read more.
Diver over walls at Pavlopetri © BBC/Jon Henderson
Pavlopetri: Submarine City of WonderRead more.
By Maria Fernanda Pereira Ywazaki March 31, 2015 In 1967 English archeologist Nicholas Flemming discovered [...] Read more.
Where does a turtle lay her eggs?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Nest-building is not just a task left to the birds. While turtles [...] Read more.
Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)Read more.
Fin whales are the second-largest species of whale, with a maximum length of about 75 feet [...] Read more.
How can you tell how old a turtle is?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles do not celebrate their birthdays quite like humans, but that does [...] Read more.
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandica)Read more.
Harp seals are part of the family Phocidae, known as the “true” or “earless” seals [...] Read more.
What dolphin has white “lips”?Read more.
Streamlined and robust, the White-Beaked Dolphin is easily recognizable due to the white coloring of [...] Read more.
What is the world’s most endangered seal?Read more.
The Mediterranean monk seal is a phocid or “true” seal, and is the rarest and [...] Read more.
Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)Read more.
Bearded seals are members of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. They have a small head, [...] Read more.
Why The Super Fins Supports John HargroveRead more.
By Scott Rowan March 31, 2015 When I started The Super Fins, one of the [...] Read more.
Are any sharks endangered?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Yes. Chondrichthyes (sharks, stingrays, and chimera) are one of the most endangered [...] Read more.
Do turtles have good eyesight?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Of the five senses, sight is the strongest in turtles. Most turtles [...] Read more.
How many oceans are in the world?Read more.
This is a trick question of sorts. The correct answer can be either one, four, [...] Read more.
Which dolphin’s scientific name means “sky blue” and “white”?Read more.
The scientific name Stenella coeruleoalba for the Striped Dolphin comes from the Latin words “caeruleus” [...] Read more.
When is a Squid NOT a Squid? When it’s a vampire!Read more.
By Earl Filskov March 5, 2015, 12:25 p.m. Menacingly, it slowly moves through the darkness [...] Read more.
What is Mother Nature’s all-purpose plastic?Read more.
By Scott A. Rowan Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the basic structural component [...] Read more.
Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris)Read more.
Cuvier’s beaked whales, sometimes called “goose-beaked whales,” are members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). [...] Read more.
Are sharks territorial?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Many movies featuring sharks often have them patrolling a set area as [...] Read more.
Why sharks are called “sea dogs”Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Is it legal to own a Desert Tortoise?Read more.
Yes, unless you have an old desert tortoise. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...] Read more.
What dolphin is also called the “Sarawak Dolphin”?Read more.
The Fraser’s Dolphin is also called the Sarawak Dolphin after being discovered in Sarawak, Borneo. [...] Read more.
Dean’s Blue Hole beach, the free-diving capital of the world in Long Island, Bahamas, is a perfect example of gorgeous beaches created by millions of years of fish feces. Photo credit: Stacey Venzel.
PARADISE OF POOP: Meet the fish whose feces create luxury vacationsRead more.
By Stacey Venzel If you find yourself cooped up in front of a fireplace this [...] Read more.
What are gill slits?Read more.
What are gill slits? Gill slits are the vertical openings on either side of the [...] Read more.
Vaquita or Cochito (Phocoena sinus)Read more.
Other stories about the vaquita: Endangered vaquita population is less than 100, how you can [...] Read more.
How can you tell a male shark from a female?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Determining the sex of an animal you are unfamiliar with can be [...] Read more.
How much does a green sea turtle weigh at birth?Read more.
How much does a green sea turtle weigh at birth? Weighing about half a pound at [...] Read more.
Do sharks hunt in packs?Read more.
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other [...] Read more.
Which seal has the shortest hair?Read more.
The Mediterranean Monk Seal has the shortest hair of all pinnipeds (flipper-footed mammal). Mediterranean monk [...] Read more.
Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea)Read more.
The olive ridley is considered the most abundant sea turtle in the world, with an [...] Read more.
Ringed Seal (Phoca hispida)Read more.
Ringed seals are part of the “true seal” family Phocidae. The ringed seal is the [...] Read more.
Which animal is a “dog that runs in rough water”?Read more.
The Hawaiian name for the Hawaiian Monk Seal is “llio holo I ka uaua” that [...] Read more.
Which mammal has the longest migration?Read more.
In 2011, a gray whale was recorded covering 14,000 miles from Russia to Mexico and [...] Read more.
How do turtles eat snails?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Lacking teeth, turtles do not have to worry about losing a set [...] Read more.
How good is a shark’s sense of hearing?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, [...] Read more.
Chances for above-average hurricane season: NOAARead more.
From NOAA In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher [...] Read more.
What is a group of bass called?Read more.
What is a group of bass called? Shoal. A group of bass is called a [...] Read more.
Which turtle species has the fastest nesting turnaround time?Read more.
Which turtle species has the fastest nesting turnaround time?The hawksbill turtle can complete an entire [...] Read more.
What does Pelagic mean?Read more.
What does Pelagic mean? Pelagic: Relating to open water on the ocean as opposed to [...] Read more.
Do turtles glow in the dark?Read more.
Do turtles glow in the dark? Yes! Well, at least some do. In July 2015, [...] Read more.
Gray’s Beaked Whale (Mesoplodon grayi)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: grayi TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
What is the International Date Line?Read more.
The International Date Line serves as the “line of demarcation” between two consecutive calendar dates. [...] Read more.
What is coral spawning?Read more.
Hard (or stony) corals reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm all at the same [...] Read more.
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)Read more.
Harbor seals are part of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear [...] Read more.
What is the largest turtle?Read more.
What is the largest turtle? The largest leatherback turtle ever recorded weighed more than a [...] Read more.
SeaWorld loses $80M in 2014, Miami Dolphins partnershipRead more.
By Scott Rowan March 3, 2015, 7:58 a.m. It isn’t as simple as one family [...] Read more.
What is a “false crawl”?Read more.
What is a “false crawl”? Sometimes sea turtles change their minds after swimming ashore and [...] Read more.
Which beaked whale is the only one with teeth in the upper jaw?Read more.
There are 22 beaked whales species and 21 of them only have teeth in the [...] Read more.
Blue whale accents & dialectsRead more.
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is not only the largest animal to ever live on [...] Read more.
Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) aka Snubfin DolphinRead more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Orcaella SPECIES: brevirostris TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
Who was Samuel Plimsoll?Read more.
  From NOAA Samuel Plimsoll (1824–1898) was a member of the British Parliament who was [...] Read more.
Do polar bears eat baby penguins?Read more.
By Valerie Clark You might think that cute little penguins are natural prey for polar [...] Read more.
What weird turtle event set a record in February 2017?Read more.
What weird animal event set a record in February 2017? The largest arribada of olive [...] Read more.
What is a Dorsal Fin?Read more.
What is a Dorsal Fin? The dorsal fin(s) are on the back (top) side of [...] Read more.
How do turtles eat prey with hard shell?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Lacking teeth, turtles do not have to worry about losing a set [...] Read more.
In 1494, Christopher Columbus named which animal a “sea wolf”?Read more.
During his second voyage in 1494, Christopher Columbus’s crew killed eight Caribbean Monk Seals to [...] Read more.
Which whales existed only in theory until found alive in 1954?Read more.
Known only from fossilized skulls until the discovery of live animals in 1954, the Pygmy [...] Read more.
Which rare whale is a “Bastard”?Read more.
Hybrid whales are uncommon in the wild, but they do exist. These offspring are some [...] Read more.
Can turtles feel pain?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Reptiles, like mammals, feel pain, but perhaps in a less noticeable way. [...] Read more.
What is only native seal to Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea?Read more.
The Caribbean Monk Seal is the only known seal to be native to the Gulf [...] Read more.
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)Read more.
The bottlenose dolphin is one of the most well known species of marine mammals. They [...] Read more.
Do turtles care for their young?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Forget calling the babysitter. The second a turtle hatches from its egg, [...] Read more.
What marine mammal is a “puffing pig”?Read more.
Sometimes called “puffers,” the Harbor Porpoise draws its name from the Latin word for pig [...] Read more.
What is a Colossal Squid?Read more.
By Shauna Bennett April 8, 2015 Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far [...] Read more.
What is a feeding frenzy?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Nothing encapsulates the popular image of sharks more than the feeding frenzy. [...] Read more.
How do I tell difference between male and female turtle?Read more.
Telling the difference between a boy and girl turtle can be very simple – if [...] Read more.
Do sharks need to keep swimming to breathe?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Like most large marine organisms, sharks breathe through their gills. Gills are [...] Read more.
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)Read more.
The hawksbill turtle is small to medium-sized compared to other sea turtle species. Their head [...] Read more.
Do any fish live in the Southern Ocean?Read more.
  By Earl Filskov When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica’s Ross [...] Read more.
What do sea turtles eat?Read more.
What do sea turtles eat? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. There [...] Read more.
Does pollution harm sharks?Read more.
By Blaise Jones One of the key byproducts of human expansion are heavy metals. No, [...] Read more.
Which whale was not seen alive until 2003?Read more.
It wasn’t until a live sighting in 2003 proved that the Longman’s Beaked Whale was [...] Read more.
The Chilean Dolphin is known by what dark name?Read more.
The Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) is also known as the Black Dolphin. It earned the [...] Read more.
What are gill rakers?Read more.
What are gill rakers? Gill rakers are one or a series of projections that extend [...] Read more.
Which northern dolphin routinely leaps more than 20 feet in the air?Read more.
Often seen making long leaps through the water at speeds up to 22 mph (35 [...] Read more.
South American Fur Seal (Arctocephalus australis)Read more.
South American Fur Seals are sexually dimorphic. Adult males are approximately 1.3 times longer and [...] Read more.
What seal uses an “inflatable nose” to threaten others?Read more.
When Northern Elephant Seal males reach puberty at about 7 years old, they develop a [...] Read more.
Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)Read more.
Bryde’s (pronounced “broodus”) whales are members of the baleen whale family and are considered one [...] Read more.
What is Ram Ventilation?Read more.
What is Ram Ventilation? Ram Ventilation is the respiration method used by sharks and fish that [...] Read more.
Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus) aka Grey SealRead more.
Gray seals are part of the “true seal” family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear [...] Read more.
Can a coral reef recover from bleaching and other stressful events?Read more.
  If local threats are reduced, coral reefs have a greater chance of surviving a [...] Read more.
What is Biomagnification?Read more.
What is Biomagnification? Biomagnification (also called Bioamplification) is the increase of toxin pollutants within species as [...] Read more.
How far does sound travel in the ocean?Read more.
The distance that sound travels in the ocean varies greatly, depending primarily upon water temperature [...] Read more.
Can I buy a wild turtle?Read more.
No, probably not. Each state has laws governing the purchase and selling of wild animals, [...] Read more.
Do turtles lay their eggs in same location every time?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel While a human giving birth to quintuplets makes headlines, turtles should really [...] Read more.
Kamohoalii: the Hawaiian shark godRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Hector’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: hectori TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
How do turtles survive through winter?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Similar to other reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded. While this means their body [...] Read more.
Do turtles eat jellyfish?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel A number of turtles have specialized digestive tracts that allow them to [...] Read more.
Do any fish live in Antarctica?Read more.
By Earl Filskov When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica’s Ross Ice [...] Read more.
Which species is a “tooth-walking sea horse”?Read more.
Found in the Arctic Ocean and neighboring habitats, the walrus is the only member of [...] Read more.
What’s the largest shark ever?Read more.
  By Blaise Jones While the sharks that swim through our oceans today are large [...] Read more.
What are the Ampullae of Lorenzini?Read more.
What are the Ampullae of Lorenzini? Ampullae of Lorenzini are small, gel-filled pores on the rostrum [...] Read more.
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)Read more.
Killer whales most widely distributed marine mammals, found in all parts of the oceans; most [...] Read more.
What is smallest cetacean?Read more.
By Amber Friend A vaquita is the smallest living cetacean (pronounced sĭ-tā′shən). Cetaceans are made [...] Read more.
What do pet turtles eat?Read more.
In the wild, turtles are omnivores, meaning they will eat anything: meat, vegetables, and fruit. [...] Read more.
Crabeater Seal (Lobodon carcinophagus)Read more.
Crabeater seals are the most numerous of the world’s seals.  There are millions of crabeater [...] Read more.
World’s oldest cephalopod: vampire squidRead more.
By Earl Filskov Menacingly, it slowly moves through the darkness of the ocean, at depths [...] Read more.
West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Trichechidae GENUS: Trichechus SPECIES: senegalensis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
How do turtles communicate?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Even though turtles do not have vocal chords, they still communicate with [...] Read more.
Whale sharks and tuna team up on preyRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
What is the worst shark attack of all time?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks. Few things fascinate us more than these great creatures of the [...] Read more.
Short-Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)Read more.
Short-finned pilot whales are larger members of the dolphin group reaching average lengths of 12 feet [...] Read more.
How smart are sharks?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Time and time again it has been said that sharks are unfairly [...] Read more.
Hourglass Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus cruciger)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: cruciger TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: obscurus TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
Where do turtles live?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles have been found everywhere except Antarctica. Their survival for 245 million [...] Read more.
Which dolphin dives to 2,000 feet to find prey?Read more.
Fraser’s dolphins are capable of diving up to almost 2,000 feet (600 m) to feed [...] Read more.
What is the Viper Fish?Read more.
By Amber Friend Underwater predators use many tricky methods to lure potential prey close enough [...] Read more.
Do sharks migrate?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks are a highly migratory species. While there are a few exceptions, [...] Read more.
What is the largest reef in the world?Read more.
By Frances Allen The Great Barrier Reef comprises 2,900 individual reefs, making it the largest [...] Read more.
What strategies do turtles use to find food?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel There are no turtle grocery stores to make food shopping easy; instead, [...] Read more.
Could Loch Ness monster be a Greenland shark?Read more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
Could fish have accents?Read more.
From Exeter University Professor Simpson, who has listened to the vocalisations of fish using sophisticated [...] Read more.
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)Read more.
Short-beaked common dolphins are small dolphins under 9 feet (2.7 m) long and weigh about 440 [...] Read more.
Heaviside’s Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)Read more.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: heavisidii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS [...] Read more.
The inia araguaiaensis was recently determined to be a unique species, similar but different than its cousins the Amazonian and Bolivian river dolphins. (Photo credit: Inia araguaiaensis by Jorge Andrade is licensed under CC BY-AS 3.0 and is resized.)
Araguaian River Dolphin: New Discovery and Already Endangered (Inia araguaiaensis)Read more.
By Earl Filskov March 22, 2015, 11:15 a.m. We know so little about the planet [...] Read more.
What is the oldest turtle?Read more.
What is the oldest turtle? In 2006 the longest pet-owner relationship in history came to [...] Read more.
Does a turtle have a skeleton?Read more.
Yes, turtles have bones. The shell is made up of a carapace and plastron, which [...] Read more.
Tasman Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) aka Shepherd’s Beaked WhaleRead more.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Tasmacetus SPECIES: shepherdi TOOTHED or [...] Read more.
How is bathymetric data used?Read more.
From NOAA Accurate bathymetry is the foundation for much of ocean science and policy. Bathymetric [...] Read more.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphryna mokarran). Photo credit: Jake Mohan.
Why do hammerheads have hammer heads?Read more.
By Blaise Jones When people picture sharks, they probably imagine a sleek, torpedo-shaped body with [...] Read more.
How sharks “read” the ocean with superpowersRead more.
Sharks have more than a half dozen senses to understand their environment. Some of those [...] Read more.
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)Read more.
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Identification: The high, domed carapace is dark with a [...] Read more.
Is it OK to eat sharks?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks have been harvested and eaten all over the world throughout human [...] Read more.
What is the fastest cetacean in the world?Read more.
The Dall’s porpoise is considered to be the world’s fastest cetacean, about to reach speeds [...] Read more.
What is Trophic Cascade?Read more.
What is Trophic Cascade? Trophic cascade – An ecological condition that happens when a top [...] Read more.
What are the traits of the 10 shark orders?Read more.
By Blaise Jones There are 10 orders of shark: saw sharks, angel sharks, dogfish, bramble [...] Read more.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)Read more.
Polar bears evolved from brown bears and are the largest member of the bear family. [...] Read more.
What is an iceberg?Read more.
An iceberg is ice that broke off from glaciers or shelf ice and is floating [...] Read more.
Do sharks have scales?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks do have scales, though they are very different from the scales [...] Read more.
How does land-based pollution threaten coral reefs?Read more.
Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and [...] Read more.
The weird fact that keeps lemon sharks safeRead more.
Excerpt from All About Sharks: A Complete Guide to the World’s Most Misunderstood Predator (Nov. [...] Read more.
How many species of penguin are there?Read more.
By Valerie Clark There are 18 species of penguins, and they are all found in [...] Read more.
Do turtles save their food for later?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Turtles do not have chubby cheeks like chipmunks, squirrels or hamsters to [...] Read more.
What is the deadliest shark?Read more.
By Earl Filskov There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the world. Only [...] Read more.
What is the loudest animal?Read more.
This is a trick question of sorts with two animals sharing the title depending on [...] Read more.
Albert the Orca Explains Echolocation to The Super FinsRead more.
The world’s first aquatic, animated news network, The Super Fins® is a collection of animals [...] Read more.
How can you tell a boy from a girl turtle?Read more.
By Stacey Venzel Mammals rely on X and Y chromosomes to determine the sex of [...] Read more.
Why was being “right” so wrong for one cetacean species?Read more.
Due to their thick layer of blubber that makes them float when dead, the North [...] Read more.
What does a geodesist do?Read more.
Geodesists measure and monitor the Earth to determine the exact coordinates of any point. Using [...] Read more.
What is a shark’s lateral line?Read more.
By Blaise Jones Sharks have a plethora of senses that allow them to maintain their [...] Read more.