Smart Squids

Squids get less publicity than octopuses, but they are really weird as well. The sea creatures have developed so many strategies for evading predators in the sea that we must marvel at how undersea life is totally different from the way land animals go through life. There are about 500 species of squid, and they…

Where Do Pearls Come From?

Do you know where pearls come from? They don’t grow on trees. You can’t plant them. They aren’t mined out of the ground either. So where do pearls come from? Pearls come from a living sea creature: the oyster. These beautiful round jewels are the result of a biological process within the oyster as it protects itself from foreign substances. Although…

The Survival of the Sea Turtle

Sea turtles are large, air-breathing reptiles that inhabit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world. Sea turtles have a strong sense of place—when it’s time to nest, they return to the same beach where they hatched decades before. All sea turtles in the United States are listed as endangered, except for the olive ridley and loggerhead, which are listed…

Glowing Ocean Animals!

You may have seen the sparkle of fireflies on a summer’s night. The fireflies produce light through a chemical reaction in their glowing abdomens, a process known as bioluminescence. But did you know that seascapes can also glow and glitter thanks to the light producing abilities of many marine organisms? Some fish dangle a lighted lure…

Why are Dolphins smart?

Dolphins are one among the species of animals which are considered extremely smart. You must be surprised that they can even mimic humans. They are intelligent creatures having a large brain and the ability to form complex social networks. They hunt together, raise offsprings together, can recognize themselves in the mirror, they can even mourn…

What are Seahorses?

Seahorses are tiny fishes that are named for the shape of their head, which looks like the head of a tiny horse. There are at least 25 species of seahorses. You’ll find them in the world’s tropical and temperate coastal waters, swimming upright among seaweeds and other plants. Seahorses use their dorsal fins (back fins)…